Storm Watch, 3/4

7:00 pm – Just gorgeous day, today. Chilly, but beautiful. Drove down to Cambria, to overnight something to the court, stopping to take photographs along the way. Salmon Creek was going off! Not over the big, top rock (which is rare) but lots of water coming around both sides. While forecasters are leaving a chance of rain in, it may be over for a while. 

8:30 am – PJ Wyatt in a comment below, reported clear sailing from Rio Rd. to Esalen. Cal-Trans has HAD to be busy to make that happen!! Great work, everyone!

7:00 am – 1.25 inches yesterday afternoon and last night, for 5 inches since Sunday. Season total 32″. Despite no reported problems on CHP website, Luis reports, through Merrie, that the road closed sign is up at the mouth of the valley. (Rio Rd.) However, my friend at MAF reports the road IS open, and is heading into Monterey today! Beautiful blue skies this morning, and not a cloud in sight- well, a few fluffy ones on the horizon and to the north, but they are pretty, not threatening!

6:00 am – at this point, nothing reported on the CHP website. Warren Doyle reported a vehicle fire last night (early this morning?) on fb (no details, other than it was a BSVFB member’s vehicle), and I will post rain totals from last night soon.

6 thoughts on “Storm Watch, 3/4

  1. Haven’t been able to pop in here untill now. Rob & I are both sick.

    Looks like all the rain has left the Sur in pretty good condition. We heard there is only one slide, but where is unknown. More is supposed to be due in tonight.

  2. Just drove from Rio Road to Esalen. Clear sailing the whole way.


  3. The ride to Garden Road in Monterey was absolutely stunning! Beautiful big white fluffy clouds, rain showers occasionally, sun shining. CalTrans busy working at a slide near Captain Cooper on the way in and then taking a much needed rest at the Bull Pen on the way back. We truly live in one of the most beautiful (and challenging) places on earth.

  4. Kate,
    This is totally off subject, but I wanted to ask: Do you know anything about the huge sonic booms? The reason I ask is that as of 2:15pm there have been three sets of them and they seem stronger than most. The whole house up here on Front Hill rattled.
    What are they caused by and why?
    Look forward to your insight, you seem to know how to get answers!

  5. Firefox, and others, sonic booms were also heard at 9:15 am in Santa Cruz, and yesterday in Orange County. They are caused by breaking the sound barrier, either by jets, or space shuttles and these incidences are being investigated. You can find the SJ Merc article here:

  6. It’s good to hear Big Sur is weathering the storms well. Thanks for reminding me of the blue skies of Big Sur. Similar, but different than the ones we have in Carmel.

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