Freaky Snow in California in May

The Grapevine

The Grapevine

Tejon Pass Snow in May

Last night at 4 am I was gassing up a car in Tejon Pass. For folks not familiar with it, that is the rise between the central valley of California and the Los Angeles Basin to the south. The road up the mountain is called the ‘grapevine’ because from a distance out in the valley that is what it used to look like, winding up the valley in the mountains.

OK, I stopped for gas at Fraisier Park. And it was snowing.

I asked the clerk about it (I know, not a ‘scientific source’, just an experienced local) and she said: “We’re usually done by Mother’s Day, but sometimes we get a freaky storm like this.”

Freaking Snow in Tejon

So I guess that means we had Freaking Snow in Tejon Pass.

Who Knew…

Don’t know if it made the news. Don’t know the statistics.

What I do know is I was standing in falling snow in May in California at about 4000 ft. msl. and I was cold. It eventually turned to slush about the elevation of Fort Tejon exit a bit further down the mountain. (About 3400 ft.)

And that is NOT “Global Warming”.

I was promised “Global Warming” and I want it. Now. I’ve got beans and tomatoes sulking, I’ve got potatoes happy with the added cool, and I’ve got Freaking Snow in May to contend with. So please, send me some warming. NOW!

Or I’ll plant some Pink Flamingos in the snow…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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5 Responses to Freaky Snow in California in May

  1. P.G. Sharrow says:

    I know the feeling. Here at 2000ft above Chico my tomatoes are still in the green house. We had a little snow friday afternoon and frost sunday morning. The kiwi and grapes have a few burnt leaves, glad I had a “honey do” that prevented the setting out of the tomatoes this weekend.
    This frost morning equaled the low for date record and is a good week later then a ” normal” late frost date. I’m glad that our kitchen garden site is very protected as all this on going ” mann caused global warming” is making useful food growing much more chancey.

    How much yield do you get on a crop like Pink Flamingos? ;-q

  2. Adam Gallon says:

    Had a lovely, warm weekend here in Blighty!
    “Warmest day since August” said the weather girl.
    Normal service is now resuming, with a northerly airflow across the UK, syphoning more air from Iceland (That bloody volcano’s stopped erupting!) so there’s a chance of frost and snow in Scotland!
    The Chelsea Flower Show’s ready, many exhibitors had worries that their flowers wouldn’t be in bloom in time.

  3. intrepid_wanders says:

    …yeah, the Central Valley had several spots that tied or broke the records for “low” high (Fresno, Merced, Bakersfield, etc).

    Sunday was in the low 50s till about noon. Last year I believe the area was marching on the 100.

  4. Adam Gallon “Had a lovely, warm weekend here in Blighty!
    “Warmest day since August” said the weather girl.
    Normal service is now resuming, with a northerly airflow across the UK, syphoning more air from Iceland (That bloody volcano’s stopped erupting!) so there’s a chance of frost and snow in Scotland!”

    Yes, all two days of it! Now it’s cloudy and temperature is 54 degF.

    Still, no thunderstorm, so that can’t have been the English summer – there’s still that to look forward to. The English summer is two hot days with a thunderstorm in between.

  5. Keith Hill says:

    To give you an update on S.H temperatures, I played golf this morning in one of the heaviest frosts I’ve ever seen on our little course near Hobart, Tasmania. All the shrubs and trees were frozen and it was like a winter wonderland tiil after 10-00am with every cobweb and little branch outlined in white as though there’d been a snowstorm.

    On the mainland in Victoria, the ski season opened at the weekend and comments were “it was the best start to the season they’d seen in years” at Mt.Buller. At Falls creek a spokesman described the snow cover as miraculous and at Mt.Hotham it was ” the first time we’ve had three lifts open on opening weekend since 2003″.

    Bring on more man-made global warming, the ski operators are loving it!

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