Mark - email
According to my wife, we got about three-quarters of an inch Monday.
A few larger trees on the mountain have fallen within sight of the road. In this case, they are Virginia pines, which seem to dominate on our mountain. There are some loblollies, but relatively few. I think the Virginia pines colonize very quickly after the original forest has been cleared and the land abandoned. Our own little plot was absolutely choked with Virginia pines that grew up in the last twenty years or so after the land was cleared. My father and I cleared more than a thousand (based on a ten-by-ten count) for my septic tank leach field.
Another thing I have noticed is a fair number of hardwoods with dead tops. The rest of the tree looks healthy, at least for now. I assume that's the result of drought stress.
Wednesday: 28 October 2009 @ 11:18:41
bev - email - url
The weather along my route continues to be very unusual. I abandoned plans to camp in the redwoods as it was cool and rainy. Moved to the east side of the Sierras and have been dogged by high winds and cold just about everywhere. I'm in Death Valley now and actually had to delay coming in here due to wind storms and cool air. Camped at a site outside Lone Pine at the foot of Mount Whitney and water jugs left outside the van froze solid during the night. Pretty hostile weather, but am managing fine. I'll be in Death Valley tripping around with a friend for a couple of days and will then take a look at the weather again and plot a course for anywhere warm and calm.
Thursday: 29 October 2009 @ 17:30:39
Wayne - email - url
Mark - pines will take over (for a time) disturbed areas! It turned out that this one was a dead pine that broke off about six feet above the ground. It was dead already. Took awhile for me to find it - it had no business being where it was and I'm not surprised it was dead.
Bev - wow - sounds like wild weather! I suppose this was associated with the Pacific storm that moved in and resulted in snow in Colorado and Wyoming yesterday? We'll be getting the remains of that tomorrow Saturday.
I wonder how El Nino will affect the southern Arizona weather this year. It might be that it will be quite different from last year.
Friday: 30 October 2009 @ 11:36:21
bev - email - url
Wayne - Yes, the weather was very wild and, from what I gather, was associated with the Colorado storms. It finally blew through and then things began to warm up. I'm also wondering about how El Nino will impact southeast Arizona. I'm guessing a bit more precipitation and perhaps cooler, but that remains to be seen. I wouldn't actually be too bothered if it was slightly cooler as it felt very warm to me last year. Also, that region could really use some rain.
Saturday: 7 November 2009 @ 23:40:22
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