The weather in central California has been cold, by *our* standard, but very dry. Classic La Nina. Even though the days are painfully short there is plenty of daytime to get the important stuff done. Like riding:
On Wednesday mornings walk I noticed some fog squeezing up over Cerro Alto ridge. This did not bode well. To me it means that the cold dry high pressure air to the east is building and will push it’s way up and over the coastal ranges, sliding down the western faces to the ocean until the pressure differential has equalized. The offshore winds were coming and I was hoping they would not be too strong. I was wrong. At 11:30pm on Friday night my weather station was showing light winds at about 5mph. By 3:00am Saturday the average wind speed had jumped to about 20mph, by 6:00am the average was 35mph. When I left the house at 11:30 to meet Dick for a B-ride I had just recorded a gust at 53.2mph. For the next 18 hours the wind howled averaging well over 30 mph with gusts to 47mph. Today at noon the wind finally died to nothing. It was a substantial ‘wind event’ by my estimation. Not anywhere near hurricane force but it can really get ‘on your nerves’ none the less.
Fog came in down at the beach this evening. Pressure has equalized…at least for a couple days!
Head long into the 2012 New Year we go! Whooo hooooo!