Monday, February 18, 2019

Making The Best Of it

It's been a very cold rainy wet February. We've had over 9 inches (23 cm) of rain so far this month. Hard to get out there and do the things we love to do, especially when the winds have been blustery as well. So when the sun comes out and the wind slows down a bit, we head out quickly for a good look around.

One of the surprises this month was the first snow here on the coast in more than 30 years. It was so unusual it made news all around the state. Yes, the north coast got an inch of snow! This is what the front yard looked like February 10th. It was a cold 27 degrees, and the streets were slushy and slick. We took a careful walk and saw lots of snowmen all over town.
A few rainy days later we had to drive into Eureka. Lucky for us it coincided with a very brief respite of blue skies and a view of what was heading our way. We were zooming over the bridge, so I grabbed a shot from the window of the car. Yes, those dark clouds are what we've been seeing for days and days.

Finally on Saturday there were longer periods of blue skies between the downpours.
We put on our rain gear and headed out. It was grand to see such blue skies.
This particular cloud was definitely moving in our direction. We walked quickly, but not fast enough. We were pretty soaked by this one as it moved over us. We had a good laugh about it. Second time that day we had been caught in a downpour.

We know when it's raining and the sun starts shining to run outside to look for the rainbow. We were definitely not disappointed.
I always love when we get to see where that pot of gold should be!

We did finally get a chance to take a longer walk out at the marsh on Sunday. The reflections were lovely.

If the weather predictions are correct we may have a day or two more of sunshine to play in. It's a great way to avoid the news. We are living in crazy times. Climate change and politics. Seriously crazy times.

32 comments:

  1. Nice rainbow and the reflections are nice, too. We’ve been having rain, and a lot more is expected this week. It has let me see where I need to do some work to remedy the erosion all this rain causes. At least it hasn’t been cold.

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    1. Mark-- Glad you liked that rainbow and reflection. It was nice to see them. This morning it was 26 degrees. Yikes! This is the California coast, what's going on with all the crazy weather?

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  2. It doesn't snow much here these days either. Last time we had a substantial fall parents had to show their children how to make snowmen!

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    1. John-- It's pretty rare here for any snowfall. We were so delighted to see all the creative efforts in the snowmen. I should have photographed them.

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  3. I love the reflections in that last photo. How crazy that you got snow! That photo of the incoming storm is remarkable.

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    1. Steve-- So glad you liked the reflection photo. Yes, that incoming storm was quite a moment. It's been like that for most of the month. The darkness is wild.

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  4. I've turned into a sunshine follower, more than ever before. Can't find much to enjoy in cold rain, but I did go shoot some photos of rainy clouds yesterday. These are lovely, including your brief snow!

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    1. Barbara-- I'm definitely sick of the rain and dark clouds. I love clouds and atmospheric optics, but this is getting a bit crazy. I'm looking forward to seeing your cloud photos.

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  5. Snow once in thirty years is really long range. Unfortunately we have cold and it is ordinary.

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    1. Red-- We live in a temperate zone here on the California coast. Not too hot and not too cold. This winter has been a surprising blast of cold and lots of rain.

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  6. Wow, that rainbow! I can't believe there was a 30 year break between snows. Crazy.

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    1. Sharon-- I was so glad to see that rainbow all the way to the ground like that. We are typically out of the cold snow range here. So it was a BIG surprise. Everyone loved it.

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  7. I guess when it only comes every 30 years, it should be a bit exciting. Glad you were able to get out in it for a bit anyway.
    Sure must make you appreciate the sunny days a little more.

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    1. Patti-- It was definitely exciting to see that snow. I stood in the street with several neighbors and we all oohed and aaahed about it. It was lovely.

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  8. I love snowy days when I don't have to be out in it. I wonder whose house was in the aura of the rainbow. I hope it blessed them.

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    1. 37paddington-- We loved this surprising and rare snowfall here. It was beautiful. That rainbow was between the two houses across the street from us. I took the photo from our front porch. Good kind neighbors they are.

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  9. wonderful photos! Yes, the weather has been insane. I've also seen photos of much more snow just inland and south of where you are. I'm glad to know that you are getting out when you can, since I know it is vital for good mental health! We took the dogs to the park yesterday during a rare bit of sunshine. They ran like crazed animals.

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    1. Tara-- February has been crazy wild and wet. We are glad to have some sunshine at last before the next storm blows through. Yes, walking is so good for mental health. I need it bad! Glad your doggies got out for good crazy run.

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  10. I'm really surprised to see you got snow! That must have been fun, knowing it wouldn't last.

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    1. Colette-- We were surprised to see that we got snow. It was a lovely and brief bit of beauty.

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  11. Gorgeous rainbow, lifted my heart!

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    1. Sabine-- I love that the rainbow lifted your heart, mine too.

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  12. Yes! Crazy weather and crazy times!

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  13. After all the snow and frost we had it is now warming up giving us a very warm February, we could do with som eof your rain though

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    1. Billy-- I would love if we could send you some of our rain. We've had two days of sunshine, but now more rain is in the forecast.

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  14. We have a relative uncommunicative daughter who lives in Medford, Oregon . . not too far from you I gather. Yes, the weather has been strange this year.

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    1. Catalyst-- Medford is not too far, as the crow flies, but four hours on winding roads by car. Roger's sister lives near there as well. Yes, weather as definitely been strange this winter.

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  15. I should have written "this winter".

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  16. I wondered if you went to look for that pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, Robin. We can send you more snow if you are in need of any.

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    1. Beatrice-- I haven't found that pot of gold yet. We're okay on the snow, our little one inch was plenty... but thank you for your kind offer.

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