New and Improved Weather Report

UPDATE 10/29 – total for the storm, .26, as of 7:00, but my gauge is indicating I just got .01″ as I was typing this.

For my first new and improved weather report: it rained last night, it was windy last night, and still gusts up to 25 mph this am. No, seriously, I have some figures for you. I even took photos of the readings on my station, but can’t seem to get them mailed to myself, so I’ll summarize. Overnight, I got .10″ but .08″ came at one time, at around the same time as the maximum wind; maximum wind was 39 mph at 2:49 am; low temp was 39 with a wind chill factor of 32. It is only 42 degrees currently, at 8:30 am.

Okay, I promise, I won’t give a blow-by-blow report throughout the winter – only significant events. I’m just a gal playing with her new toy this am! Really, pretty nice, gentle storm for the first of the season. Hmmm … To build a fire, or not build a fire … It is 61 degrees inside.

Since I wrote the above, a long time ago, another .05″ has fallen, for a total of .17″ for the storm. I built a fire and it is up to 73 this afternoon. Fur kids and I tucked in – warm, dry, and cozy!

Road closed by mud slide

1:00 pm – the incident has been removed from the dispatch log.

12:45 pm – Road just closed south of Gorda … Both lanes due to rock/mud slide according to CHP website. I only got .17″ so probably not bad, but no eyewitness reports, yet.

Winter Weather Station

I just bought myself a wonderful weather station. It does it all. Hoping to install the outside station late this afternoon.




Looking forward to getting much more accurate results, and rain totals in the .01ths, instead of .1s. And wind speeds up to 150 mph! We don’t get those really high winds every winter, but whatever we get, I’ll be able to accurately measure!


Big Sur River Run

A quick reminder that tomorrow morning is the Big Sur River Run

Race day registration is from 8:00 to 9:30 am and we still have room for plenty of runners and walkers. Bring cash or check and the fees are 10k adult- $45 5k adult- $35 and children under 12 are $20 for either. See you there- gonna be a super nice day!

Join us on October 26th, 2013 for the 33nd Annual Big Sur River Run! This 5K/10K race follows a beautiful loop course alongside the Big Sur River through towering redwood trees and oak groves. Register online: (online registration is now closed but there is plenty room and you can register on race day)

October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am sharp
Start line is in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

This race has been a fun community-oriented fundraiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Brigade and Health Center for 32 years. The 5K/10K is limited to 1,000 participants, so register online early.

Registration fee includes a long-sleeve t-shirt.

See website for additional race information and description of prizes.

SCCLT and Jade Festival Thank You

Despite the recent US Government shutdown, and the subsequent loss of our Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service, the 22nd. Annual Big Sur Jade Festival this past Columbus Day weekend turned out to be an unprecedented success despite those difficulties. We would like to thank the residents of Big Sur for their staunch support, for their refusal to let events on the other side of the country cancel an event which has provided educational opportunities to local schoolchildren and supported local first responders and many community organizations for over two decades.
We specifically would like to thank our Congressional Representative Sam Farr, and his aide Alec Arago for their help during this difficult episode. Mr. Farr personally intervened by calling the US Secretary of Agriculture on our behalf and opening a dialogue with the US Forest Service which resulted in the partial reinstatement of our operating permit despite the shutdown. Mr. Farr’s availability and concern for his constituents during this trying time was a testament to him and his staff, we could not have accomplished what we did without his assistance. Many local residents and businesses then stepped forward and provided much needed support for our volunteers and organizers. Treebones Resort, and Mr. Harry Harris kindly offered our volunteers places to camp on their properties, along with Gordon Piffero, Superintendent of Big Sur Unified School District who allowed volunteers to camp at Pacific Valley School. Without those volunteers and a place to house them the festival would have been impossible to manage, we owe deep thanks to those individuals who selflessly made that possible. We also want to thank Jeanne Alkaire who started a petition which garnered nearly a thousand signatures on our behalf in less than two days, we were amazed and gratified by that international response. Local businesses like Treebones Resort, Nepenthe, and Esalen Institute stepped up and provided material support to our festival, and as always we thank them for their kind patronage. We also would like to thank the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade with CERT Team members, and it’s Board of Directors who volunteered to mange parking at this year’s festival, an effort skillfully led by John Handy. The result of having those highly trained individuals involved was a smooth and incident-free weekend which was made possible by their hard work and professionalism. And we must not forget US Forest Service Chief Ranger Tim Short, who despite the lack of personnel worked diligently with us to provide the resources we needed to accomplish our goal of producing one of the premiere fund-raising events of the year in Big Sur. We look forward to a new era of cooperation with the US Forest Service as a result of his involvement. And last, but certainly not least we thank our volunteers, some who traveled hundreds of miles to attend, for their hard work and dedication.
The South Coast Community Land Trust will continue to provide educational opportunities and support to local community organizations due to the involvement of all those named above and so many more, it never would have happened without your support. Thank you Big Sur, thank you for demanding a miracle.

Syd Carr,
Secretary of the Board of Directors, South Coast Community Land Trust
Entertainment Director, Big Sur Jade Festival

BSMAAC Meeting 11/1

Thank you for your patience as we tried to work out scheduling this next MAAC meeting. Due the challenges of coordinating everyone’s calendar and finding an available location, we are staying with the original date. However, please note the start time of the meeting will be 9:00 am and the meeting will be adjourned at 11:00 am as several of the members have a meeting back on the Peninsula at noon. Due to the limited time available, the only item on the agenda is a Coastal Trail update from Sen. Monning – leaving time for member reports.
I look forward to seeing you all next week. Also, note that the 2014 schedule is on the agenda.