36 degrees. 40 mph wind. Sleet storm as I write.
It has not snowed for the last couple days, but today there is a very light snow falling. Yesterday we had a strong wind blowing and heavy rain, especially last night. The result is a significant melt of some of the snow piled everywhere. Big brown patches are appearing on the hillsides.
The heavy rain and wind last night did not stop the foxes from showing up for chow. Every night there are three or four who come by. NOSEY had been a regular, but have not seen him for a week or so.
Last night the wind gusted strong enough to suck out the cover that acts as an access port into the roof of my duplex. It is just a square piece of drywall that sits in a square frame. It is not attached, it just sits in a tight frame and has to be pushed up from underneath to open the hole in the laundry room ceiling. Well, that frame it sits in is about 4 inches deep, and fits that door tightly. A couple years ago a similar thing happened. The wind sucked the panel up. As it rose up it got slightly cockeyed and became jammed in the frame. I had to break off a corner just to loosen it up so I could get it out. Same thing last night, it was really stuck. I slept through the whole event. The wind was pretty loud all night, with various things blowing around. I guess it was just another noise as I slept.
Now the sun has come out, the sleet has stopped, and the wind is really whipping.
One thing we do NOT have here is a water shortage. When I saw that picture Dave posted of the California Aqueduct it reminded me of what they did in my old state of Arizona. They also built an aqueduct called the Central Arizona Project. It was 336 miles long from the Colorado River and Lake Havasu through Phoenix and on down to Tucson. The water was elevated 2400 feet by the time it reached the end of the line. It crossed miles of raw desert and lost a LOT of water due to evaporation.
One of the more interesting PBS series I have seen was Cadillac Desert. It covered the expansion of the Western US back in the good old days, and how too many people moved into areas where they ought not. At least where Mother Nature was not prepared to support such numbers. Places like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and LA to name a few.
The series covered all the angles. It covered William Mulhollands role in getting more water into LA as Water Bigwig.
Also covered was the story about The Colorado River and how it was basically divided up so much it stopped the flow at its far end.
I recommend checking it out, even by googling.
Things have really slowed down here, with all the big boats having left town.
I spent Easter Sunday watching The Masters. It was one of the best Masters in recent history. It included one of the greatest shots ever seen in that tournament, or any tournament. Turn on any sports show on TV and you will see it.
BUBBA had no trubba winning it.
Saw a humpback whale swimming below the duplex in the small boat harbor today. Too hard to photo. As I watching the Masters all day I just chilled out at my place. So I did not go out to0 see Crystal Serenity, the cruise ship in town today. Hope they are here in the AM, will document it with photos.
Last week my globe that UK gave me, the 3 foot diameter inflatable, fell from the thread that I used to hang it from my bedroom ceiling. Looks like it snapped. Maybe Dutchie attacked while I was gone. Funny coincidence, I watched the movie ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 1 the next day.
Save your money on that one...