Archive for November, 2017

La Nina, Los Angeles and our upcoming winter
November 29, 2017

Here is a short video I put together on what Los Angeles and California can expect this winter with temperatures and precipitation.

It does appear we’ll have a La Nina winter.

There is a strong correlation that during a La Nina pattern Southern California is drier than average.

The forecast I’m going with is shown above. Southern and Central California will be below average in precipitation.  And so far we’ve had an awfully dry start to our wet season.  The good news is I think the Northern Sierra, will get a good amount so snow this winter.

I’m also thinking Southern California will be very warm this winter.  That is bad news for our SoCal ski resorts.

What do you think happens this winter?


The Leonid Meteor Shower
November 15, 2017

We’ve got a meteor shower coming up this week but don’t expect a spectacular show. Despite a new moon this weekend the Leonid meteor shower will be modest with rates of 10 to 15 meteors per hour.  You can see it Friday night from midnight to dawn Saturday morning November 17th  to 18th.



Photo by James Younger, San Juan Islands (Pacific Northwest 2015)

The Leonids are seen when the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. These particles, or meteors, are about the size, shape and color of Grape Nuts Cereal. The tiny pieces of debris slam the top of the Earth’s atmosphere 80 miles up.  Each Perseid hits the atmosphere at 37 miles per second, creating a hot streak of superheated air that you see on the ground as a streak of light.  They burn up, never reaching the surface of the Earth.  It is inaccurate to call them “shooting stars” because they are bits of rubble.


The Leonids are named for the point in our sky from which they appear to radiate. This shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, because these meteors radiate outward from the stars of the Lion’s mane.




If you are up late Friday or early Saturday look to the east.  You don’t need any special equipment, simply go outside with an open view and away from as many city lights as possible.  These include street lights and house lights.  You can lay down on a blanket or a lawn chair is comfortable too. The forecast looks good for Southern California. A weak Santa Ana event will clear the skies Friday night and temperatures will be comfortable.

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