Friday, August 27, 2010

The Weather is Here

Yesterday's thunderheads over the San Gabriel Mountains were an anniversary reminder of the pyrocumulus clouds that resulted from the Station Fire It began on August 26th of 2009 and is still under investigation.

The Station Fire was at last fully contained on October 16th, 2009. The largest fire in the history of the Angeles National Forest, it destroyed homes, burned over 160,000 acres of forest (250 square miles) and killed two firefighters. The spring rains that followed flooded catch basins with tons of ash. Officials say we'll be digging out of it for years. The cause of the Station Fire was arson.

Those of us who hike the mountains and canyons will probably always look back at the Station Fire as the the one that changed everything, the worst one ever. Let's hope so.

We've had a cool--well--cold summer, by Pasadena standards. Some of us complained of having to wear sweaters even during the day, unheard of in southern California in July. But our heat wave has finally come. Brush fires have popped up in Kern County, the Grapevine and the San Bernardino National Forest, to name a few. John and I got caught in traffic the other day while firefighters put out a brush fire along the 210 freeway in Glendora. With rain in the mountains and flash floods in the desert, you could say things are getting back to normal.

15 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

What a tough gig, being a weatherperson. Speaking of bushfires, a caller grizzled on the radio today about being pulled over and fined for littering. When quizzed as to what he'd tossed out the window: "Just a cigarette butt!" and couldn't understand the lack of sympathy.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I was watching the news Wednesday and 'Breaking News' reported lightning and flash flooding in Rosamond (Kern County). I called a friend who lives there and he said (and I quote), "It's raining. No big deal." lol!

It's supposed to be in the 70's by the weekend. I hope so! And I hope it helps the fire season end!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Wonderful photo and thank God that they are only clouds..

Virginia said...

We've got our fingers crossed for you all P.!!
V

altadenahiker said...

I know! I was driving home from LA, and my first thought was fire. Giant cumulus clouds will never look entirely innocent again.

Petrea said...

Shell, I think the caller should have been put in jail. AND fined.

That's the thing about thunderstorms when it's so dry, J.J.--the lightning! Another chance of fires.

Thanks, Aysegul. Clouds are a rarity for us at this time of year so everyone was remarking about them yesterday.

Virginia, I hope you notice I'm not complaining about the weather.

Same here, Karin. Someone asked me yesterday if it was a fire. We were all thinking the same thing.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I saw these magnificent clouds out my rear view mirror. The heat drove me to the Palosdenas. I'm hoping to get to the library to read a three part series Star News put out on the Station Fire.

J+P said...

What the hell is the Palosdenas? Is that some local slang, like "San Berdoo"?

Speedway said...

Wow! Brush fires! El Nino rainfall! Mudslides! Earthquakes! Rattlers fighting mano a mano, er, culebra a culebra! I'd say move to Indiana and order the brochure on tornado preparedness, except we've had 90+ degree weather all summer long, high humidity with very little rain. That and the fact that around here the phrase "gun sports" seems to mean a pick-up basketball game where everyone has a handgun in his pocket, kinda makes a couple snakes wrestling in the middle of the trail a preferable event.

Petrea said...

I'm wondering about Palosdenas, too. PA, what gives?

Speedway, is nothing sacred? Indiana's supposed to be dull, right?

mark said...

Do I see a fence that is inside a fence?

RSA Course said...

That picture is beautiful!
I remember living in Cali and dreading the unavoidable summer fires

pasadenapio said...

You're the best weather girl ever, Petrea!

There are wildfire prevention tips on our emergency preparedness page here (click on "Fire").

J+P said...

It's a wall, mark. Fences make good neighbors; walls make good campaign planks.

wv: unfratro—oog, the ahrony …

Petrea said...

Wall, fence, whatever. Serves the same purpose, if that's what you mean, Mark. I don't think it's the side of a building, just a barrier, but I can't tell from Google maps. It's on Walnut St. at San Gabriel Blvd., in case anyone wants to know.

Hi RSA, welcome. Looks like you moved pretty far away!

You're the best PIO ever, Ann! Thanks for sharing that link.