USFS Response re South Coast Ridge Rd.

Everyone is out of the office for holiday, but the assistant resources officer. This is what she sent:

Hi Kathleen, 

I want to pass on some information related to the South Coast Ridge Road.  Per the Chalk BAER Report engineering recommendations, the District will be performing post-storm patrol and monitoring on the road after major storms to find and fix minor problems (minor rock fall, downed trees, etc.), and to document larger problems to pass on to the contractor.  As you already know, a contract is in place for any major work that may need to be performed.  In the event of an emergency (eg. the road becomes impassable), you should call 9-1-1 (primary dispatch).  Primary dispatch, in turn, will contact the Forest dispatch center who will follow the appropriate procedure to alert the contractor. 

As I mentioned in the voicemail message I left you earlier today, after today, I am planning be out of the office until next Monday.  If you have any additonal questions prior to then, the office, (831) 385-5434, will be open tomorrow and Friday from 0800 – 1630.  I hope this information is helpful and you will share it with your neighbors. 

Katherine Malengo
Assistant Resource Officer
Monterey District – Los Padres National Forest
406 South Mildred Avenue
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-5434, ext. 219
kmalengo@fs.fed.us

Quiet week

Nothing in the forecast but beautiful weather until Sunday, so it will be a quiet week here on bigsurkate, which is a good thing, as I have lots of work to do, then lots of partying to do. Whoo hoo! I, for one, can not wait for 2008 to be over. It has not been an easy year for any of us, but we were given many opportunities to find out what we are made of, how strong our friendships are, and all the blessings that fill our lives. Thank you for being part of mine. Maybe a photo or two before we say good-bye to 2008.

Ragged Point

Rocky Point, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

I don’t see anything shaping up in the weather or news department, so I offer this photo of the cove just north of Ragged Point. Enjoy, and I have a few more recent Big Sur photos to post in the next few days, while we enjoy the respite and beautiful weather!

South Coast Road concerns

At the last BSMAAC meeting on 12/12 (sorry I haven’t posted the notes, yet – my bad), one of the issues I brought up was the South Coast Ridge Rd., particularly up Chalk Peak. I asked Bradford what was being done to mitigate the fire problems to PREVENT rock and mudslides. He answered about what the USFS would do  IF there were slides. Sam Farr called him on that, pointing out that Bradford was not answering my question. Bradford then said he would have to get back to me the following week. When Friday, the 19th arrived, and I still hadn’t heard from Bradford, I called him. This time, he said the “engineers” said there was nothing that could be done to mitigate the conditions, BUT that the USFS had hired a contractor to go out during storms and keep the road open. ALL storms, I asked? Yes, he said.

According to one neighbor who drives this road all the time, that is not happening. And, in fact, this resident is out every other day, clearing rocks off of the Chalk Peak portion of the road.  I sent Alec Arago, Sam Farr’s aide, an email about the above with a copy to Bradford. Let’s see how, or if, he responds.

BTW, the South Coast Ridge Rd. is *closed* between Nacimiento-Fergusson Summit and Prewitt Ridge Rd. — and clearly marked so. Due to damage being created by non-local tourist people going off-road, I have called USFS law enforcement, asking for additional patrol of this area. That should start today.

More snow

Created a new page to the right, called Big Sur Fires, 2008. I am in the process of gathering all posts and photos onto one page for ease in historical access. 

Woke to a light dusting of snow this morning. My deck is covered. So, it was a white Christmas, I just slept through most of it! LOL.

I was thinking this morning that in the past, the only one interested in my rain totals was Kimball. What a difference a fire makes, yes?

Merry Christmas! Flood Watch!

4:00 pm update – Big Sur River peaked at 160 cubic feet per second. WOW! Uh, oh. Have you read the forecast discussion posted at 3 pm? It does not look good for this evening. There are ominous clouds to the north, and out on the ocean, although I am mostly clear. Snow levels might get down to 1500 feet tonight, the flood watch is still in effect, and this storm is still with us. I had 2″ of rain last night, and another 1/2 inch so far today. More expected tonight. Possibility of lightning, too.

Usually, I pick relevant portions of the forecast discussion and post here. The 3 pm posting is very long, and it is ALL relevant, so if you live in Big Sur, the Monterey area, or the Santa Cruz mountains, I would urge you to go to the right, under 2008-2009 Winter Conditions, and click on the NOAA forecast discussion link.

1:05 pm update – it’s  a white Christmas! Snow began falling at exactly 1:05 pm. Now back to finishing the lamb, etc. Later – the snow lasted only for a few minutes, but it was pretty while it lasted.

8:00 am update – Two inches of rain last night, bringing the season total to 11″. Winds still howling up here. It starts to get on my nerves, after a while. Snow possible this afternoon. Merry Christmas, everyone!

If you haven’t seen Joyce’s holiday card below, take a look. It is sweet.

Happy Holidays from Joyce Duffy

My dear friend Joyce, gave me permission to post this wonderful holiday message, from one who lost her home during the Basin Fire. 

Joyce, you are amazing! The Coast is lucky to count you among our many strong crones. I am blessed to be your friend! Thank you for sharing this with all our Big Sur friends – near and far!

solsticegreet

Christmas Eve

Noon update – winds are still present, and still gusting over 30 mph, just not as often. Every so often it gusts up again around 40 mph. Rains also present, but not significant. So far, .25 inches since last night. Dogs don’t want anything to do with outside, right now. LOL.

8:30 am – Its Christmas Eve, the winds are here, but not as bad as they have been in the past. My one neighbor used to have a wind gauge, but it broke at 140 mph (oh how well I remember that night!), so I consider the current winds (around 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, estimated) to be a breeze, frankly. I don’t get freaked until I have 75-100 mph winds. No rain, to speak of, just drizzle. If you haven’t seen the photos of Saturday’s Little Sur Fire, scroll down to do so. 

Enjoy the day, wherever you are, and count the many blessings you have in your lives. Merry Christmas Eve.

12/23/08 weather report

A couple additions to the “announcements” page – Christmas Caroling tonight starting at 6 pm at River Inn; Bistro opens to locals; Cal-Trans announcement about Holiday schedules.

7:00 pm – current whether discussion:

DISCUSSION...AS OF 5:50 PM PST TUESDAY...RECENTLY ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY FOR MUCH OF THE BAY AREA AND CENTRAL COAST WHICH BEGINS 
4 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING AND EXPIRES WEDNESDAY AT NOON

1:00 pm -current weather discussion follows:

NEEDLESS TO SAY RAIN WILL FALL ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION THIS 
EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY WITH WINDS IN 15 TO 30 MPH RANGE OVER 
HIGHER TERRAIN AND ALONG THE COAST. . . .

THE UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL DROP SOUTH AND EAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT 
INTO THURSDAY MAINTAINING SHOWERS ACROSS THE REGION. AS THE 
TROUGH MOVES SOUTH COLD AIR ACCOMPANYING THIS TROUGH WILL SETTLE 
INTO THE AREA BRING SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO AROUND 3000 FEET. SHOW 
SHOWERS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER HIGHER TERRAIN.

9:30 am – not much rain, less than 1/4 inch. Catching up on some reports, but road seems to be clear. Hoping it clears up so a couple friends can come up for a visit today. Otherwise, I bought WAY too much food and booze (well, is there really such a thing as too much booze on hand during the holiday season?)

6:30 am – definitely not clear. It is raining. I forgot to empty the rain gauge, too, darn. Oh well, I’ll just subtract the 2.25 we just got.

Also, updated forecast has snow on Christmas Day down to 3000. That’s me! Maybe I WILL have a white Christmas, after all.