Archive for November, 2013

rain1122Yesterday’s something-of-a-surprise storm did more than I’d expected, but first I gotta play catch-up because indeed after last week’s initial weather system brought us almost and inch of rain onto our Silver Lake backyard precipitometer, the day after ended up delivering a little sumpin’ extra that I failed to follow-up with, to the tune of almost quarter inch — 0.22″ to be as exact as I care to be.

rain1129The gray skies of Black Friday were pretty much completely unexpected. Not only were the various weatherfolk reversing course on previous precipitational prognostications, but at the time we turned in near midnight on Thanksgiving, the skies were clear and starry with nary a drop of rain in sight. Needless to say it was a scramble yesterday morning to cover up the already soggy tortoise hutch. Buster was not pleased. Neither was the hammock.

To make matters wetter the Storm That Wasn’t Supposed To Happen hung around until the latter part of the afternoon, ending up adding more than four-fifths of an inch to the seasonal total.

Season To Date: 2.43″

November 29: 0.81″
November 23:
November 22:
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

rain131122Various meteorological sources were suggesting a 30% chance of additional showers today, but I’m not feeling it so I’ve called a final total of  7/8ths of an inch or 0.88″ to the storm that began dropping rain late November 20 into our backyard precipitomer and concluded with any residual sprinklings yesterday afternoon. Any more wetstuff that might sneak in today or tonight will be factored in tomorrow.

November 22: 0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

Season To Date: 1.40″

Halloween 2013

For the number of trick-or-treaters we get some might argue that the spooky yard we create is not worth the several initial hours of extraction from the basement and set-up and wiring for light and spooky sounds, followed by several more hours over the days leading up to Halloween night spent tinkering and fine-tuning (and in the case of this year filing a police report for a theft of one of the ornaments). Lastly there are the hours on the Big Day spent getting all the electronics ready, carving the pumpkins, and also in the case of this year, subbing in 10 pounds of dry ice for the way-pat-its-prime fog machine that finally crapped out.

The trick is: I don’t do all that for the 70 or so kids who come tromping up the front steps seeking candy. I do it for the inner child in me and my love of my favorite night of the year.

But because I’m a firm believer in Halloween being over when it’s over, come the morning of November 1, I waste little time dismantling the entire thing back into the basement and returning our yard to normalcy as if nothing had happened… leaving only the above photograph (click it for the bigger picture) as proof, and these that I uploaded to Flickr.