There has been a 30% decrease in fog over the last 60 years. 20 years ago we used to have a slow moving wall of fog crawl in. When I was a kid, the fog was so thick that you couldn't see 4 feet in front of you. Those are now things of the past.
The Alaskan current brings down the cold water, the marine layer encounters the colder waters from Alaska, it cools to its dewpoint, and hello fog.Add to the mix a difference in pressure, a hot Central Valley, the prevailing winds, a funnel called the Golden Gate, and before you can say "Bob's your Uncle," Mr. Fog shows up.
I think it's visually stunning, especially when you load the animation.Of course, I went to Architecture school, and if you haven't guessed by the orientation of this blog, am a visually oriented person.
From gCaptain: A major hurricane force storm continues over the western North Pacific with winds up to 65 knots and significant wave heights up to 20 meters (about 66 feet)! The significant wave height is the average of the 1/3 highest waves which means that some waves will be higher. Given a significant wave of 20 meters, about 1 in 10 waves could be 25 meters (82 feet) and 1 out of 100 could be as high as 33 meters (108 feet)!
The storm has been a bust...so far...let's hope the news station anchors will be glum and not have the desired destruction that they so clearly were hoping for, it was interesting to watch their reporters positioned around the bay, they could hardly contain their glee at the possible devastation. Sorry guys, there won't be a Sandy type event.
"An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future."
Click on the map above to see as close to real-time patterns of wind flowing over the US. "Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, updated once per hour."
That's one big snow-cone! As a giant snowstorm plowed across the U.S. this week, the GOES-13 weather satellite drifted 22,000 miles overhead, capturing all the snowy chaos in a single dramatic frame. The resulting image, pictured above, reveals just how big the storm became.
I need to get out of Dodge and high tail it over to a place where I won't suffer from frost bite on my hands when I go down to the beach. I was at Crissy yesterday contemplating a paddle, that lasted about a second as the cold Arctic breeze kissed my face. Yes, I know, some would say I'm a wimp. But let's face it folks, humans evolved in the tropics. (If you're a creationist, please don't email me.) We like warm weather, cold is not good for our bodies. Just walk around outside in the nude without a bottle of scotch in the middle of a "temperate" winter. Speaking of scotch, I've got to go. Baby, it's cold outside.
When you see girls in the park sunning themselves, you know that Summer has finally arrived. It's about freaking time!
"But, at least for a couple days, heat is king. That much was clear Monday at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, where the strange, bright ball that suddenly appeared in the sky created a near frenzy, causing hundreds of people to engage in behavior seen recently only in tropical regions." - SF Gate.
It's not in San Francisco. How many more weeks are we going to be engulfed by dreary fog and overcast skies? Don't get me wrong, we've always had fog in the Bay Area, but in the past (since I was knee high to a grasshopper) it would always burn off in the early morning and roll back in during the late afternoon. Now, it's non-stop gloominess.
Maybe, I should just pack it in and move back to Hawaii. I could actually swim and surf in the ocean without a wetsuit.