Saturday, April 25, 2009

April Snow

Some more wacky weather. We went from the nineties two days ago to some fresh snow in McCloud this morning. We had some more rain in the Redding area also.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Another Old Church

This is Sacred Heart Parish Church in Fort Jones, not sure of the age.

Rainbows and Angels

Rainbows and angels. Look at the cloud formation on the right of the first image (click for a larger view). Can you see the angel? Awesome rainbow on the left. The picture on the bottom leads one to believe that the pot of gold is on the top of Black Butte.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Old Bridges

Another old relic from 1915 in the Scott Bar area. The bridge is no longer in use but still looks good. The Bridge used to connect Roxbury Drive to Scott River Road

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Busy Day

I was making a delivery the other day and a police car pulled in quickly next to my pickup as I was about to leave. The officer jumped out and went in front of my truck to the corner in the shopping center. Another officer pulled in behind me. Notice the image in my rear view mirror.
Everyone was gathering in the corner to talk to a gentleman about some problem.? (the section of photo has been lightened to better view the officers and their suspect)
Thank God they were not after me.
click image for a larger picture

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Another Old Church

This is the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Jones. It was build in 1873.

Wild Weather

Wow! Yesterday I hit high winds, hail, snow and rain with a little sunshine thrown in. Coming into Yreka was a great hailstorm, not big chunks, just black skies and small hail.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

When is Etna NOT Etna?

When it is Sawyer's Bar. The first picture is entering the little town of Sawyer's Bar. It is only about 25 miles from Etna but takes more than an hour due to the winding, steep narrow road through the valley and over the mountain. Lovely cloud formations over the valley.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pretty Trucks

I always see this row of nicely painted trucks as I approach the Truck Summit exit on I-5 between Mount Shasta and Weed. Looks like mostly water trucks and a few dumpers too. One day when I am not in a hurry I will stop and talk to the owners.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Oh Dear, More Deer

Several houses in the same area had deer browsing on their lawns today in Yreka. A warm spring day must have had them coming into town for treats.
(click image for larger picture)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Colder Weather and a Little Snow

We had a quick change of weather as the temperature dropped about 20 degrees on Friday. Whaleback Mountain just north of Mount Shasta had some noticeable fresh snow today. I saw some very interesting clouds leaving Yreka on Friday evening. They looked a little like small funnels hanging over the freeway.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lenticular Clouds

We had some strong cold winds today and passing Mount Shasta you could see the lenticular clouds forming again. The bottom picture is almost a "three layer" effect.
As always, click the images for larger pictures.

Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL).
Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to or below the dewpoint, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a 'wave cloud'. The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape. Bright colors (called Irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds