My Weather Station

I wanted to get myself a treat, so when I was in my local Longs Drug Store (sells way more than drugs) I ran across an inexpensive portable weather station.  The weather station consists of two parts: a wireless thermometer that you leave outside, and an inside unit.  The inside unit displays inside and outside temperature, the date and time, and min and max temperature.  There is a backlight and an alarm feature, which I don’t use.  The inside and outside pieces can be separated by a maximum of 100 feet, 30.48 meters.

Weather Station

Weather Station

 Here is a picture of the weather station.  As you can see, the inside and outside pieces don’t register exactly the same temperature.

I put the outside device outside, near my door, hidden by one of the containers of my container garden.  The outside device will run a little warm because it’s next to a wall, protected from the elements.  I get no end of pleasure looking at the inside and outside temperative!

 

You might wonder – why do I bother?  I can open my door and see what the weather feels like.  I’m in and out all the time.  I know that, but I love looking at something that reinforces my addiction to the wonderful and magical weather where I live, the San Franciscso Bay area (not SF itself), northern coastal California.  The temperature doesn’t vary all that much, which makes it so  comfortable.  I love seeing how it cools down at night, even during the warm season.   The weather station doesn’t report humidity, but if it did, I’d see that the humidity is generally low.  I love California.

amarez – mszv

Night Swimming

I live in the land of perfect weather, here in coastal California – a town on the peninsula south of San Francisco, to be exact!  It almost never freezes.  It’s mild in winter, warm in summer but with cool nights.  Did I also say it wasn’t humid?  The weather is perfect.

Once in awhile the weather changes and it’s hot.  Hot as in high 90s (F) and warm even at night.  That’s when I run my portable air conditioner in my bedroom, and that’s when we all complain about the heat.

But – there is night swimming!

Yes, the first photo, below,  looks a bit mysterious, even spooky.  There used to be lights in our pool, but there aren’t lights anymore. But – there is light all around, so it’s fine.  I’m not the only person who enjoys that rare wonderful night swim.

California Pool at Night

California Pool at Night

                                                                                                                                                                                   
For those of you who thought the first photo was spooky, how about twilight swimming?
California Pool at Twilight

California Pool at Twilight

All for now,

mszv – amarez
                                                                                                 

Two Pools

I love swimming pools.  I love the ocean and lakes too, but I’ve done most of my swimming in pools.  Outdoor pools are the best.

The town where I grew up, northeastern US, has the best public swimming pool in the area.  It was wonderful when I was growing up, and it’s still wonderful.  It’s hot here in the summer.  When it’s not raining, it’s great swimming weather!

Hometown Pool - August 2008

Hometown Pool - August 2008

 

 

 

My hometown pool,  summer, 2008.  The hand is that of a family member, doing laps in the lap lane.  I’m the person taking the picture (waterproof camera).  What a great day.

 

 

 

 

 

Pool where I live - SF Bay Area

Pool where I live - SF Bay Area, south of San Francisco

               
              
This is the pool where I live.  It’s a shared pool – everyone in the small complex can use it.  It’s a wonderful pool, though it’s not heated, and the humidity is low around here, and our nights are cool.  This means that my pool swimming is limited to summer and early fall.  It the pool  was heated our pool season could go from spring to fall.
         
Sometimes, when I go for a dip, I’m the only one at the pool.  So then it’s my very own private pool!
             
I love summer.
amarez – mszv

California – it’s the weather

If you haven’t lived in coastal California (west of the inland valleys, west of the major mountain ranges), it’s hard to describe how comfortable it is.  Perhaps a bit of data will help –

City-data.com (http://www.city-data.com) has a wonderful collection of metrics on US cities and towns.  Let’s look at Menlo Park, a town in the San Francisco Bay area, near the town where I live.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Menlo-Park-California.html

Average Climate in Menlo Park, Californiabased on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Menlo Park, California - Average Temperatures (F)

Menlo Park, California - Average Temperatures (F)

Menlo Park, California - Average Preciptation (in)

Menlo Park, California - Average Preciptation (in)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Menlo Park, California - Cloudy and Sunny Days

Menlo Park, California - Cloudy and Sunny Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does this tell us?   Spring, summer and fall have warm (not hot!) days and cool nights.  In winter the weather is mild (doesn’t freeze) and it rains a bit.  It doesn’t rain in spring, summer or most of fall.  There are a sunny days, even in winter.

It’s also not humid, so it’s really, really comfortable.

I’ve tried to think of a few disadvantages to the weather.  When you live in the land of perfect comfort it’s hard to come up with anything.  Let’s see – you have to remember to bring a jacket in summer –  after the sun sets it gets chilly.  And night swimming isn’t great around here –   it’s hard to force yourself to get into a pool when you are wearing a jacket over your swimsuit.

If you enjoy four distinct seasons this isn’t the place – we have seasons, but they are subtle, more wet and dry, a Mediterranean climate.   You have to enjoy looking at a dry land for much of the year  – golden hills in the distance, punctuated by the green of the trees.  When the rains come everything gets green.  And – oh yeah, we do have natural disasters.
      
It doesn’t matter – I live in paradise.
amarez – mszv