February is here and that means its time to see whether Kern Clyde sees his shadow or not on Ground Fog Day.
Storm Ares was huge in California and much of the west. The series of windy and rainy systems gave us a positive bump on the water year.
Our well announced wet pattern is in full swing over the state with a plethora of watches and warnings.
We have come to the end of another year in the south valley so it begs a quick look at how we fared climatologically.
Without a doubt, the weather pattern has changed. This is the beginning of what I have long anticipated: the return of El Nino.
October ebbs and November comes marching in with shorter days and generally cooler temperatures. At least that is usually the way it works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.