Happy Thanksgiving!!

Highway One closed around midnight, but reopened around 6:30 AM. Slide at Coast Gallery. Closed from mile marker 11, Cal-Trans yard, on the south (which makes no sense – why not Lucia or Esalen?), to just south of Nepenthe on the north. If traveling Highway One today, use caution, and remember, Cal-Trans doesn’t work after dark!

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Thankful!!

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Blessings are everywhere, and opportunities for gratitude abound.

Big Sur, with all its difficulties in 2008 rejoices in these blessings and is thankful for the opportunity to live, love, and laugh in Mother Nature’s bounty.

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”

– John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)

I wish for all of you – a Thanksgiving filled with love, friends, family, and gratitude. Blessings to all. And today, I am very grateful for the beautiful sunshine and warmth, particularly after the gloomy, raining days we had this week!

Precipitation Watch, 11/26

4:30 pm - drizzle on and off all afternoon, for a total of .40 inches
of precipitation for this storm. On the rain maps, I see that
rain totals for the last 24 hours in the northern mountains were
higher, mostly from today's rains. But down here, everything has
been quite gentle, thankfully! And after tonight, we have 10 days
of clear weather, with above normal temperatures predicted for
this weekend. Sounds good to me!! My single tomato plant is STILL
pumping. Yum.

Noon - one friend reports it is pouring rain in town (Carmel),
but nothing here, yet, although forecasts are for .40 inches
throughout the day.

8:00 am - no measurable rain last night, at least measurable by 
MY rain gauge. May have been .01 or something, but my gauge 
not that fine. Both Mining Ridge and Twin Peaks, the two closest
automatic gauges near me, are reporting .31 inches each. I am 
probably the same. Another .40 inches is expected today, up through
10 pm tonight, when it shows the rain clearing. 

.DISCUSSION...AS OF 2:50 AM WEDNESDAY...THE CLOSED UPPER LOW IS
 PROGRESSING EASTWARD AND IS NOW LOCATED ABOUT 200 MILES WEST OF LOS
 ANGELES. RADAR IMAGERY CONTINUES TO SHOW SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS
 MOVING NORTHWARD ACROSS NORTHERN MONTEREY AND  SAN BENITO COUNTIES
 INTO SANTA CRUZ AND SANTA CLARA COUNTIES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS
 OUR CWA HAVE BEEN MEAGER WITH THE HIGHEST 24 HOUR TOTALS ONLY 0.20
 INCHES AT THREE PEAKS AS WELL AS ANDERSON PEAK...BOTH IN THE SANTA
 LUCIA RANGE IN MONTEREY COUNTY. AS EXPECTED...THE BRUNT OF THE
 PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHERE A NUMBER
 OF FLASH FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN POSTED OVER THE PAST
 18 HOURS.

 ACROSS OUR DISTRICT...SHOWER ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY
 THEN TAPER OFF TONIGHT AS THE UPPER LOW CENTER FINALLY MOVES OVER
 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THEN TRACKS EASTWARD INTO ARIZONA. QPF FOR
 TODAY A QUARTER INCH OR LESS. AFTER THIS LOW DEPARTS...HIGH PRESSURE
 ALOFT IS FORECAST TO REBUILD ALONG THE WEST COAST FOR DRY AND MILD
 CONDITIONS THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK. IN FACT...
 MEDIUM RANGE MODELS KEEP THE RIDGE IN PLACE THROUGH 240 HOURS.