The high pressure system that has been blocking most of the storms this season has finally relented and snow is returning to Lake Tahoe. Late snow it is, but none the less there is powder falling on the ski resorts of the Lake Tahoe region again. Enjoy it while you can! #snowintahoe
As Santa nears Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, he better have his oxygen mask on. With no rain and cooler dry air prevailing in the area, the air is full of smoke particulates and pollution. The air in Silicon Valley will be unhealthy for all groups on December 25th.
The winter rains here in Silicon Valley are getting a slow start, having no real precipitation falling in the area since September 22nd. The last significant rain accumulation of .9 inches was in December 2012. It is dry. The grass is still golden brown, the trees are dry, the rivers, creeks, and reservoirs are dry. The next 2 days are set to finally bring some rain to the area. Not a giant soaking but it’s a start.
Just be careful out there since many Californians completely forget how to drive when small drops of water fall from the sky. And the accumulated oil and gunk on the road is going to mix with the water and make the 101 feel like the Shark Tank. Just drive like a Zamboni and you should be OK.
Local weather services are predicting a small possibility of snow hitting the valley floor of Silicon Valley early on Friday morning.
The temperatures will be cold enough early Friday morning but the storm that will cause widespread rain in the Bay Area on Thursday will be waning by then. Only a slight chance of snow exists, but it just might happen. Watch for flakes!
If it does snow down here in Silicon Valley, don’t expect much accumulation. If you want to see any amount of real snow you’ll have to make the trek up to Tahoe:
KIRK HAS BEEN ACCELERATING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS AS IT
CONTINUES ITS TREK ACROSS THE FAR NORTH ATLANTIC.
...WHICH HAS HELPED KIRK TO CLING ON TO
TROPICAL CYCLONE STATUS.
The fun with Kirk couldn’t last of course. As predicted Tropical Storm Kirk did not live long and prosper. In fact he fell down a broken pedestrian walkway while playing with his Google Nexus 7 tablet. 😉
DEEP CONVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH KIRK HAS BECOME DISPLACED ABOUT 100
N MI TO THE NORTH-NORTHEAST OF THE ESTIMATED CENTER DUE TO OVER 30
KT OF SOUTH-SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR. THE GLOBAL AND REGIONAL MODELS
INDICATE THAT THIS SYSTEM HAS BECOME COLD CORE...OR NO LONGER
TROPICAL IN NATURE...ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
CYCLONE PHASE ANALYSIS. THEREFORE...KIRK IS NOW CONSIDERED A POST-
TROPICAL CYCLONE...AND THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY ISSUED ON THIS
SYSTEM BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.
Can we expect more Star Trek related weather write-ups from Forecaster Cangialosi and the National Hurricane Center in Miami? I don’t see a “Tropical Storm Spock” or “Hurricane Picard” in the near future, but we are sure they will boldly drop Star Trek references where no one has gone before.