It is mid-May here in normally Sunny Silicon Valley. A time when it is often hot in the garden, folks are firing up the A/C, and BBQ is in the air. But not, I think, today…
Today it rained on my yard. Not much, but some. Enough that the dogs didn’t want to go out for “their business”. Not in a cold blustery wind. More is forecast over the next few days. This is very unusual. We typically plan on planting gardens (SUMMER gardens) about April 15th as last frost is past. Some years it is past in mid-March. Often we have no rain after March. Occasionally a “Miracle March” will bring enough rain to get us past a looming drought from April onward. Yet today it rained.
Not a warm rain either. I have the heater on in my office. It is afternoon.
A local paper has the story, oddly with a sidebar pushing the Global Warming narrative as a 84 F Arctic. Would but that it were 84 F here in California… The sidebar “headline” is “It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend”. One wonders where “near” the Arctic Ocean might be, but is unwilling to take the click bait…
But back at the here and now and cold.
‘Winter storm warning’ issued for Sierra in mid-May
By Amy Graff, SFGATE Published 6:57 am PDT, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
With a moisture-rich atmospheric river taking aim at Northern California, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the northern Sierra Nevada. It is in effect from Wednesday night through Friday morning.
Motorists should prepare for travel delays, chain control and reduction in visibility, especially over mountain passes above 6,000 feet elevation, including Donner, Echo and Carson.
“We do get storms in May but the strength of this storm is anomalous,” said Brendon Rubin-Oster, a forecaster with the NWS’s Sacramento office. “We’re getting a winter caliber system in May.”
When the storm reaches its height in intensity Wednesday night, the bull’s eye will likely be centered over Yosemite and Tuolumne County, where 2 to 2.5 feet of snow could fall between Wednesday and Friday. Rubin-Oster warns Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park could see significant snow.
“Anomalous” – uh, yeah, ya think?! Normal May “storms” are a bit of rain that’s almost enough for you to discover it happened as drop marks on your windshield in the morning sun. MAYBE a warm “spring shower” in the exceptional year. But a full on winter storm with FEET of snow? Uh, yeah, it’s just “anomalous”… nothing to see here, move along move along, ignore that man shoveling snow and those folks putting chains on their cars…
Snow levels will start at 8,000 feet Wednesday night but, once the cold front moves, through they will drop as low as 5,700 feet on Thursday.
“On Thursday, it’ll be more showery snow but snow levels will be lower,” said Rubin-Oster.
Welcome to “sunny” California in Spring. Mind the snow ploughs…