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Miles of Weather: January 29, 2010

Miles of Weather: January 29, 2010

Calif. Storm Index

Calif. Storm Index

October ebbs and November comes marching in with shorter days and generally cooler temperatures. At least that is usually the way it works.

Epic Storm- Feast of Famine

Epic Storm- Feast of Famine
The October 13th Pacific storm that hammered California is awash in superlatives. Records fell by the wayside in most areas north and south of Kern County for a storm so early in the rainy season. But the strength of this powerful former super typhoon was precisely the reason many parts of Kern County received next to nothing. Indeed the rule of thumb is “The stronger the storm, the LESS rain we get in Bakersfield”.

Seasonal Changing of the Guard

Seasonal Changing of the Guard

Wonderful October weather has supplanted the seemingly endless heat of summer. Overnight lows in the 40s and 50s with highs in the 70s and 80s are welcomed relief from the triple digits of September.

July in September

July in September

Very hot weather has come to Kern County and all of southern California. Santa Ana winds are the extremely hot and dry winds that affect this area beginning about this time of the year.

Autumn is Here- So is the Heat

Autumn is Here- So is the Heat

The first instant of autumn occurs at 2:18 Tuesday afternoon September 22nd this year. The very next day marks the start of our Kern County Fair. Funny, but not a year goes by when there isn’t at least one flourish of hot weather to coincide with that annual festival at Ming and Union.

El Nino is Back

El Nino is Back

After a break of several years, the very reliable eastern Pacific phenomenon knows as “El Nino” has developed. Government scientists recently announced that sensors in the equatorial Pacific have indicated warmer than average sea temperatures.

The Ups and Downs of Springtime

The Ups and Downs of Springtime

Rarely have we seen such dramatic temperature swings as that witnessed during April 2009. Following a high temperature of 99 yesterday, tying the record for the date, we will be on a slide back to below normal readings by week’s end.

Spring is Coming Earlier and Earlier

Spring is Coming Earlier and Earlier

After a cool winter in Kern County, springtime is about to bud. Actually, quite a bit of budding has already occurred in the south valley with flowers making their appearance between the valley floor and about the 3,000 foot level in our mountains. It promises to be a beautiful floral season.

Winter Progresses Cautiously in Kern

Winter Progresses Cautiously in Kern

The prognosis had been dire. Our rainfall prospects appeared grim. But after two above normal months in the 2008-09 cool season, our outlook has improved to serious. Actually there is some cause for cautious optimism.