Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Freeze Warning

In early December, the "Pineapple Express" brought some much-needed rain to California. Many areas that had previously burned in wildfires were plagued by mudslides, and other areas experienced flooding. Here in our part of the desert we had some gentle rains that soaked into the soil instead of running off.

A week later we were enjoying desert temps in the low 80's. Some volunteer plants in our yard seemed to think it was already spring.

Yesterday winter storm "Frona" arrived in the desert, bringing near-freezing overnight temperatures and dropping snow down to the 2000 ft elevation.

Incoming storm

This is a view we don't see too often: snow blanketing the southern hills.

Snow after winter storm Frona - 31 Dec 2014

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."
~ Mae West