Noon update – yay! Finally got water and having my first cup of coffee, as well as a hot bath! Tonight, before I go to bed, I will fill up the tub with water, fill the dog bowl inside, fill the tea pot with water for coffee, and let a faucet drip all night long. How many gallons of precious water will that take?
It has regularly been down in the mid-twentys at night, and last night, with the wind chill factor, it was 12! The dog water dish is frozen solid – 3-4″ worth! My pipes are frozen, so no water for the dogs or for my coffee this am. I am hoping they did not burst – I have all copper – and will thaw out this am to bring me water again. It was 49 degrees inside, when I built the fire on top of last night’s coals. I hope you all are staying warmer than I am!
UPDATE – from NOAA:
IN ADDITION…LOWER ELEVATION SNOW LEVELS WILL BE PRESENT OVER THE REGION…AROUND THE 3000 FOOT RANGE AS THE PRECIPITATION ENTERS THE AREA. SNOW LEVELS ARE FORECAST TO DIP TO BETWEEN 2000 AND 2500 FEET BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THIS IN COMBINATION WITH SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS WILL ALLOW FOR SNOW ACCUMULATION OF A COUPLE OF INCHES OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF THE SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS MAY EVEN PICK UP 6 INCHES OF SNOW BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE EAST BAY HILLS AND SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ABOVE 2500 FEET AND THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES ABOVE 2000 FEET. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES WILL RECEIVE SNOWFALL…BUT ONLY MEDIUM TO MEDIUM LOW CONFIDENCE WITH REGARDS TO THE OTHER LOCATIONS…AS THE SHORT TERM MODELS HAVE BEEN INCONSISTENT WITH WHERE THE PRECIPITATION WILL ACTUALLY BE PRESENT.
Last night it got down to 26 degrees, at 11am, it was only
36 outside, 56, inside. Wanted to put off the fire in my wood
stove, but won’t be able to much longer, I am afraid. Time for the
down comforter, for sure! By noon, the fire raised the inside
temperature to 61! From my SLO Co weather forecaster: A vigorous
1,011 millibar low pressure system will slide through Northern
California on Friday. The associated cold front is forecast to pass
over San Luis Obispo County Friday night into Saturday morning with
rain showers. This storm system is coming from the high latitudes,
and with cold air already in place, snow levels will dip below
2,000 feet by Saturday morning. A dusting of snow is certainly
possible across the higher mountains of San Luis Obispo County.
Total rainfall amounts will range between 0.15 and 0.25 inches or
nearly one inch of snow above 2,000 feet. From NOAA in Monterey
Bay: ANOTHER COLD AND CLEAR MORNING AS UPPER LEVEL NORTHERLY FLOW
DOMINATED THE REGION. TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING FELL INTO THE 20S
INLAND TO THE UPPER 20S TO LOW 30S FOR MANY COASTAL LOCATIONS.
ISOLATED VALLEYS IN NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES AS WELL AS SOUTHERN
MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES FELL INTO THE TEENS…WITH MOODY
CANYON IN SOUTHERN SAN BENITO COUNTY ACTUALLY FALLING TO AN
ASTONISHING 9 DEGREES. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE BETWEEN 10 AND 15
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER. ANOTHER CHILLY
DAY IS IN STORE FOR THE AREA…AS THE COLD AIRMASS IS NOT FORECAST
TO BUDGE MUCH OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES
WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM UPPER 40S TO LOW 50S…SIMILAR TO THOSE
OBSERVED YESTERDAY. THE MAIN FORECAST CHALLENGE TODAY WILL BE THE
POSSIBILITY OF LOW ELEVATION SNOW. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED LATER THIS MORNING FOR MANY
ELEVATIONS ABOVE 1000 FEET FOR THE TIME PERIOD OF LATE FRIDAY INTO
SATURDAY MORNING. PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE FORECAST FOR THE
LATEST INFORMATION. … THE BEST BET FOR SNOW IN OUR DISTRICT WILL
BE IN BIG SUR. HIGHER TERRAIN IN THE SANTA LUCIAS SHOULD SEE
SEVERAL INCHES OF ACCUMULATION.
Up here, at 10:00am, it is 33 degrees. No snow yet, but I’m watching. I have a USFS announcement to post on that page, photos of the fuel mitigation project to post on that page, and a review of Big Sur’s newest radio station to post, but sluggish or non-existent Internet has made it all impossible, for now. If any of the information were critical, I would drive somewhere to get them posted, as I would with road closures or fires, but baby it is COLD outside. I’m not going anywhere, right now! UPDATE – USFS press release up on its page and photos up on the Fuel Mitigation page. That leaves only the radio review!