Friday, March 27, 2009

Another Old Church

This is St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Yreka. If my 'roman' is correct it was build in 1880.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Cloud Cape"

We had a little rain and some fresh snow over the weekend but some clear skies this morning. This cloud "cape" over Mount Shasta looks like the beginning of a lenticular cloud formation.
Lenticular clouds, technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another Long Day

We still have a driver off and I had another long day. I didn't get home until after 9:00 pm. Drove about 520 miles today. Beautiful weather and scenery though makes it worth it. Went from Anderson to Mount Shasta to Weed, to Tulelake (along the Oregon border), then back to Yreka, off to Etna, over the mountain to Scott River Lodge, down the other side to Seide Valley, back up the mountain to Hilt (almost on the Oregon border) and then back home.

Jones Beach is on the way to Scott River Lodge.

Scott River Lodge.

Hilt, California

Monday, March 16, 2009

More Rain

We had a lot more rain over the weekend and into Monday. I did see a couple more nice rainbows today and then some big dark flat bottom clouds coming back into Redding. The rainbow was just off I-5 near Weed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Old Victorians

I have been in Yreka several times this past week and they have an abundance of old victorian homes. I have a couple of pictures here and will try to get some more photos.
(click for larger images)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Trader Joes Coming

Trader Joes has been "going to open" for some time and it keeps changing but they started taking applications on Monday. 1200 people showed up in the morning. Maybe it is because so many are out of work here.

Shasta County's unemployment rate spiked to a 16-year high in January, the state reported Thursday. Driven by continued job losses in the construction industry, Shasta's unemployment rate in January was 15.2 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than in January 2008, when it registered 10.3 percent, and up from December's 12.4 percent. It was the highest for any month since January 1993's 15.9 percent. Before that, the highest unemployment rate for a January was in 1985, when it hit 17.2 percent.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Lake is Still Rising.

Good news here. The lake is still rising from the past storms.
Up another 12 feet from a week ago.

Shasta Lake Water Level

Shasta Lake water level: 978.60 feet
(Elevation above sea level - Full lake is 1067 feet)

Distance from dam crest: 88.40 feet
(Drawdown, Feet from the top)

Approx. miles of shoreline: 259 miles
(365 miles of shoreline when full)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Snow

Last week's freaky weather brought more snow to northern California too. Grass Lake Summit and the rest area were recipients of some of this white fluff. The area also has a Blue Star Memorial highway marker. The Blue Star Memorial Highways are a tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America. The National Garden Clubs, Inc., is the parent organization for Blue Star Memorial Highways. One more photo of the north side of Mount Shasta with more fresh snow.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rainbows and Blossoms

We have had some really strange weather today. Lightning, thunder, hail, snow and rainbows. One minute the sun is out and the next it is snowing. This is in the local area. Lake California in Cottonwood got about two inches of snow today but it was too dark to take pictures. The other pictures are from earlier in the day. The almond blossoms are pretty torn up from the wind and rain - the bees are inside today too. There is a "double" rainbow in the first picture and a nice bright one in the second picture. The rainbow shots are from Highway 36 headed towards Platina.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lake Levels Rising

With the past two weeks of some decent rain fall and snow pack the lake is filling up again. It has risen some 40 feet since a month ago. The current inflow is about 48,000 CFS.
Stats are below:

Shasta Lake Water Level

Measured on: March 2, 2009
(This is not today's date.)

Shasta Lake water level: 964.70 feet
(Elevation above sea level - Full lake is 1067 feet)

Distance from dam crest: 102.30 feet
(Drawdown, Feet from the top)

Approx. miles of shoreline: 235 miles
(365 miles of shoreline when full)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Easy Choice...