Tuesday, November 19, 2013

habitat ~ 11/19/13 ~ San Francisco Bay

November 19, 2013

Of course, it finally rained on the one day I had scheduled to return the lighting equipment to Pete Oboyski, the Collections Manager at UC Berkeley's Essig Museum of Entomology.  Three out of the last four times I've been to San Francisco, it's rained. The superstitious in me thinks I could have helped end this drought if only I had planned more trips to San Francisco.  The rain followed me home to Monterey about 7 hours after it first started as I passed through Oakland.  The local Herald claims this has been the driest year since 1949.  

After a leisurely lunchtime walk in the rain with Pete, I was a little concerned about the traffic for getting home.  I'm not a fan of the multiple lane highways in the Bay Area with everyone going 80 mph. Then, add in the wet, slick roads, and an accident is just waiting to happen.  Since it's getting dark earlier around 5:00pm, I decided I barely had enough daylight to do a scenic driving tour of San Francisco through to the much slower and less crowded Hwy 1 down the coast.  I stopped to take a look along the way.  The second picture was taken at the end of University Avenue in Berkeley at Shorebird Park looking across the Bay to San Francisco on the left and the famous Golden Gate Bridge on the right.  The first picture is a closer view of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from near the Warming Hut at Crissy Field.  I enjoyed my drive home. Yay, rain!

ps 12/17/13 - Looks like the Herald misquoted.  Local t.v. station KION states Monterey records have only been kept since 1949, ergo "on record", which is different than saying "driest year since 1949" that implies 1949 was a dry year, too.  I had a little blog chat with John Wall comparing San Francisco and Monterey weather records.


Imperfect and Tense said...

Does this confirm your status as a Rain Goddess?

Enjoy the welcome precipitation.

Despite a miserable cloudy day here in MK, I'm grinning just thinking about the heady scent of 'fresh air after recent rain' that you may be experiencing.

Yay, indeed.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Oh, I don't know about goddess status, Graeme. My boobs are not big enough (I googled images) :p My strong feelings towards rain has been a theme in my life. When I was a small child my grandma had a personalized book made for me titled My Rainy Day. It really influenced me.

Imperfect and Tense said...

[Blush] And there was me thinking that an affinity with rain was the only criterion necessary for Rain Goddess status.

I can only quote a short passage from the unillustrated Tensica Meteorologica:

'Sometimes, the wettest rain has the smallest drops.'