Double Duty

I usually bring the glass portion of my backyard precipitometer in when there’s no rain in the forecast — the better to prevent it from getting broken. But following this week’s surprise storm, I left it out there, and in doing so I may have accidentally stumbled upon a secondary use as a measurement to gauge the power of any winds.

See, the Santa Ana winds blew through yesterday, and this morning I found the precipitometer had registered its catches of the night. Now to everyone else it’s just a coupla leaves, but to me it’s a clear indicator based on the positioning of the respresentative sample captured at right (click it for the bigger picture) that some 1.5″ of foliage got blown down onto our backyard yesterday — 1.75″ if you count the stem.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."