IT’s A Record – Rain San Francisco

At more than double the old record, this IS a record…

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/04/3677189/rare-june-storm-sets-rain-record.html

Rare June storm sets rain record in San Francisco

Published: Saturday, Jun. 4, 2011 – 3:38 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm system broke rainfall records as it moved across Northern California, where precipitation is rare in June, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Since the storm system settled over the area late Friday, the 1.08 inches of rain that fell on downtown San Francisco by 11 a.m. Saturday was more than enough to break the old rainfall record of .49 inches of rain than fell on the city June 4, 1934.

The rainfall amount, more comparable to a winter storm, also broke records for Oakland and San Jose.

“A deep, low pressure system dropped down from Alaska,” said National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin.

“This is just not common to get this amount of rain in June,” he said.

So it’s official. I’m cold and wet …

The SFO record set just at the transition away from the Very Hot Event of 1934…

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_18210621

Rare June storm sets rain records across the region
By Times-Herald staff & AP reports/
Posted: 06/05/2011 01:01:13 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm system broke rainfall records as it moved across Northern California, where precipitation is rare in June, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Though no data was immediately available for Vallejo, the weather service noted that rainfall records were broken Saturday for Fairfield, Napa and the Napa Airport, which is on the border of American Canyon.

Fairfield’s old record — .27 inches –was set in 1997, weather service spokesman George Kline said. On Saturday, .47 inches had fallen by 7 p.m. and more was possible before midnight, he said.

So we had the prior Fairfield record set just at this PDO transition point away from the hot event… Golly… Now we’ve almost doubled that record. And yes, we’ve had more… Still cold and wet today.


Napa saw .91 inches of rain by early Saturday evening, shattering its previous record of .75 inches set in 1911, Kline said.

The .84 inches of rain that had fallen on the Napa Airport was also a likely a record, Kline said, though he was unable to locate what the old record was or when it was set.
[…]
The rainfall amount, more comparable to a winter storm, also broke records for Oakland and San Jose.

“A deep, low pressure system dropped down from Alaska,” said National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin. “This is just not common to get this amount of rain in June,” he said.

This is just an unreal headline:

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4217011

San Jose Giants Game Postponed Due to Rain
June 4, 2011 – California League (CalL) San Jose Giants

SAN JOSE, CA – Saturday’s scheduled game between the San Jose Giants and Visalia Rawhide has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader with two seven-inning contests on Sunday, July 24th at Municipal Stadium. Saturday’s postponement is the first of the season for the Giants.

The first game of the July 24th doubleheader will count towards the first half standings. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM.

Yes, there is a “Giants” baseball team in San Jose. It’s the “feeder team” for the Big League Giants in SF. I’ve sat in those bleachers in June. Typically you are worried about suntan lotion and how to keep cool enough (and if the “Beer Batter” will strike out so beers are 1/2 price for the next some odd minutes… ;-) They pick one poor guy on the “other team” to be the official “Beer Batter”. Any time he strikes out, beer is on sale… Folks really like it when they have a poor batter chosen ;-)

As beer is normaly pretty cheap ( IIRC it was about $4) being on sale 2 for 1 was “way cheap”. Then again, last time I went a couple of years back, you could get a 1/2 chicken dinner on the 3 rd base line for $7.50 or so. Tables were set up just outside the 3rd baseline fence, so you had a great view with dinner… Frankly, after going there once or twice, I never did go back to a “major league” game. The “Value Proposition” was just soo much worse at the “Majors”… At the minors, you could “cat call” the Ump and they actually would hear you ;-)

Anyone interested can find out more here (though it does send pop-up ads):

http://sanjose.giants.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t476

Though the map here:

http://sanjose.giants.milb.com/tickets/page.jsp?ymd=20100310&content_id=8752048&vkey=tickets_t476&fext=.jsp&sid=t476

shows bleachers where the BBQ tables used to be and a new “BBQ Bullpen Tent”; so maybe that’s changed… Last I went was before the kid went to college, so I make that about 5 years ago.

Strange the things you stop doing when the kids are gone… Maybe I ought to go to a game again… whenever it stops raining. The Book Of 10 tickets is now going for $80, so I make that $8 / ticket in bulk, probably about $10 at the gate (for “Box Seats” you are about spitting distance from the Umpire at home plate ;-) They used to be $7, so I’d guess the 1/2 chicken dinner is likely up to about $10 too.

(Checked the Single Ticket page. Yup. 10$ for standard, $13 for “upper reserved” and $16 for Box Seats. Looks like the prices have gotten much higher… Then again, there is usualy some kind of promotion or other going on.)

On one occasion when in albuquerque N.Mexico we went to the minor league game there. That stadium was very nice and we had a great time. I strongly encourage folks to try the minor league games (of whatever sport you like). It’s just a more fun atmosphere.

If it ever stops raining…

And warms up…

Hey! They even have a “wiki”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jose_Giants

With a picture of the field:

San Jose Giants 3rd baseline seating looking at setting sun...

San Jose Giants 3rd baseline seating looking at setting sun...

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Notice that the sun sets directly in your face if you are seated on the 3rd baseline. Also note the folks in the bleachers on the first base line (to the right edge). There are very good individual seats just behind the batter and a bit to each side, then “nice” bleacher seats, then the more rickety added bleachers just out at about the first baseman. Notice how close folks are to the “action”? If you sit near the dugout, you can hear the coach and players talking and / or shouting… and they can hear you.

Home runs go over the scoreboard and, guess what, cars get parked just behind it… So I always parked at the far back of the parking lot… Yes, sporadically someone gets a dent or a new window…

I think I’m having warm weather activity withdrawl symptoms…

I want my sunshine back!

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14 Responses to IT’s A Record – Rain San Francisco

  1. Adrian Vance says:

    I live 100 miles north of SF and Canadian geese always came in late September or all through October, but the last two years they have been showing up in August! The Vostok cores say our next great change will be to an ice age. The Wisconsinin Glacier that carved the Middle West was all laid down in 20 years, according the U of I people. In 10,000 BC it started snowing one year and did not stop until Chicago was under 5000 feet of ice. So much for “global warming.”

    For analysis, science and humor see The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com A searchable database and now on Kindle.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adrian Vance:

    Um, I think it ended 10,000 years BC, did you mean 110,000 BC when it started? I can fix the dropped digit…

  3. H.R. says:

    I’m with you on this one, E.M.

    You forgot to add that the Major League teams that the Triple-A teams feed often get big names sent down for warm-ups after rehabbing from an injury.

    We have a minor league team in town and one year, Daryl Strawberry was sent down to play and rehab – I can’t recall if it was drugs or an injury – but he played 2-3 months before going back up to the majors.

  4. kuhnkat says:

    I thought we might get some of the precip in SoCal, but, y’all musta wrung the air dry up there. I can tell you it is running about 10F below normal. Yeah, it’s only low 70’s instead of low 80’s!!!! I’m missing my sweat weather. Can’t seem to get going.

    Here is another view of the glaciation. Skip the first section if you are not interested in Flood Models. The second half is based on observations that contradict the models based on Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets used to guesstimate the thickness.

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/fit/chapter9.asp

  5. George says:

    Our family absolutely loves going to San Jose Giants games. If anyone is in the general area, I highly recommend it as a source of good family entertainment. The place is *very* family oriented and there are plenty of things for the kids to do (including games where they can win free admission tickets to future games).

    The concessions are reasonable, and I give it one of my highest recommendations for something to do on a summer evening.

    They SJ Giants also run two summer baseball camps at the stadium. My son attended last year and will attend again this year. Camp attendees even get to appear before a game at a field position along with their SJ Giants “buddy” player during the national anthem.

    We went up to the “bigs” today, though, and watched the SF Giants win a nail-biter. “The Beard” came in to shut the Rockies down in the end. I think he needs one of those black Amish hats with an orange SF logo on it.

    The sun today was a bluish blot somewhere through the haze most of the day. The little cut-off low looks like it is fizzling out but it also looks like a new one might be forming up South of the Aleutian Islands.

  6. PhilJourdan says:

    You cannot have your sunshine back! We stole it!

    We had one week of good rain here just before Mid May, and then the summer dry pattern set in early. So we have not had a decent rain since then.

    The problem with records is there is no limit on up, but 0 is the limit on down.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.: AND you get to see the future “great ones” before anyone else ;-) Some guy shows up. Just spectacular… and then later he’s “a name” and you can say “I saw him when” ;-)

    @PhilJordan:

    OK, I take that as a dare. I’m going to steal the sun back. JUST YOU WATCH. It’s going to be sunny in California in the next week and I’m going to send the rains toward the east coast. Watch out for the flooding on the Missouri / Mississippi as I’m not very good at the precision yet ….

    @George:

    You got me to “bust a gusset” laughing at the image of an Amish hat / logo at the plate… with Beard…

  8. PhilJourdan says:

    Watch out for the flooding on the Missouri / Mississippi as I’m not very good at the precision yet ….

    Yea, I heard that about Californians. A friend out in the Sacramento valley can’t seem to toss his weather over here either. Always seems to get stuck in Michigan! ;)

  9. Curt says:

    The rain hit us in LA this morning — just a drizzle, but I haven’t ever seen cold-front rain come through anywhere near this late in the year before.

    I’m surprised the San Jose baseball stadium is not oriented like all of the major league parks, with home plate at the west end, so batters are never looking into the late afternoon sun. (This orientation is the origin of the term “southpaw” for lefties, BTW.)

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Curt:

    It is a “municiple stadium” IIRC and is just next to the college campus. I think it was never planned as a commercial venture, but “just growed”…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jose_Municipal_Stadium

    San Jose Municipal Stadium was built in 1941-42 as a WPA project at a cost of $80,000. It was one of the first stadiums to be built entirely of reinforced concrete and opened in 1942. The first game featured the San Francisco Seals as the home team.

    Fans sit very close to the field in four distinct seating areas. The first 7 rows of the main grandstand are numbered box seats. General admission seating is available in the upper rows of the main grandstand on straight backed benches. Down the left and right field lines are several bleachers that are accessible for general admission use. And finally there is table seating down the third base line as part of the famous “Turkey Mike’s BBQ Area”. The stadium has remained largely unchanged from its original configuration. However, renovations to the bathroom facilities and clubhouse were done in 1994 along with 3 extra rows of box seating were added in 1996. In 1999, the dugouts were expanded toward the field.

    Looks like they DO still have the BBQ seating….

    BTW, if you look at the sky glow in that picture you can see that “west” is a bit outside the first base line, so the batter is mostly looking “South south west” and doesn’t need to look AT the setting sun. Just the folks in the bleachers get it as full sun at ‘mid afternoon’ heat… Not looking at it, so much as cooking in it ;-)

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @R. de Haan:

    OMG that comment has me rolling and giggling…

    An honest LOL….. with a tear or two in the corners of the eyes!…..

  12. R. de Haan says:

    Yes, that was good humor.
    We had warm humid air from the Med coming in over the past few days. Big storms have been raging causing severe hail and local flash floods ending a dry period.
    Now temps have dropped to 16 degree Celsius again and the night temps below 10 degrees Celsius for the remainder of the week.

    And so it goes.

  13. R. de Haan says:

    Yes, that was good humor.
    We had warm humid air from the Med coming in over the past few days. Big storms have been raging causing severe hail and local flash floods ending a dry period.
    Now temps have dropped to 16 degree Celsius again and the night temps below 10 degrees Celsius for the remainder of the week.

    And so it goes.

    From FP in the meantime: Climate Models go Cold
    http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/04/07/climate-models-go-cold/

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