Friday, May 8, 2015

Too Early For That

San Jose is a temperate climate kind of place. We average temperatures in the mid-seventies throughout the year - occasionally much lower, occasionally much higher. You know to expect SUNNY skies most of the time - and afternoon FOG to cool off the Summer heat.


If you look on a map, San Jose sits at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay and is nestled between two mountain ranges, The Coastal Range and the Diablo Range. This location is what gives San Jose the warm summers from being sheltered by the mountains - and the natural airconditioner from the fog drifting in from the ocean and the bay. 

Springtime in San Jose


I live in the FOOTHILLS of the Diablo Range. As Winter gives way to Spring, we usually watch our hills change from gray to green. Then the mustard greens and CALIFORNIA poppies start blooming and the green hillsides are then dotted with patches of yellow and orange/gold. It is beautiful. During a NORMAL year, this is how the hills will stay until mid to late Summer when they turn GOLDEN. It is incredibly beautiful in August.

The picture above is how the hills usually look in July - turning golden with some green still visible. But this picture was TAKEN yesterday!!! It is ONLY MAY and the hillside should be GREEN. Yes, it was raining yesterday but only a little. Not enough to change the persistent drought conditions we are experiencing. Not enough to stop the FIRE SEASON which has been declared TWO MONTH early. 

If ever there was an indicator of how bad the California DROUGHT is, my hills are definitely it. Please keep us in your thoughts as Summer and increased fire danger quickly approaches. If you know any rain dances, do them. . . and send them to me. I think I need to freshen up my routine.





9 comments:

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH NOODLES.... we KNOW that the Weather Patterns have gone CRAZY ...everywhere... Yesteday we broke a HEAT record for the day... which had lasted since 1936.... and we are MAYBE doing the same today... 90° in OHIO in MAY is NOT Normal...
Let's all hope that things get back to what they SHOULD be...

Idaho PugRanch said...

We will dance for rain!!!
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

We'll rain dance for you.....

MilitaryPugWife said...

Sending you all our rain!! We've had rain for weeks on end!

Amber DaWeenie said...

We're almost into the rainy season here. Oh how I wish I could send you my rain.

Sarge said...

Wow, Noodles, I'll be researching some rain dances and sending them your way! So sorry to hear your weather is all wonky. Otherwise, it surely sounds like a wonderful place to live. Love those mountain pix. :)
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Police Commish

Southern Fried Pugs said...

The drought is terrible. Our grandparents live in south Texas and have been experiencing years' long drought too. Last summer, their town ran out of water even. They are actually selling their house and moving somewhere else before it gets so bad that no one will buy their house.
Maybe you can gather all your family and move somewhere greener!

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Hope you gets some rain mate, droughts are no good. My peep lived through a 10 year drought, a third of her life!!

Sending rain your way!

Pug Slope said...

I'm...doing...my...rain dance...right...now...for...you...Noodles. Whew that was tiring! Did it work?!

-Love,
Sid.