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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Early Spring

January 2009

While some parts of the country are experiencing a severe winter and blizzards, in the San Francisco Bay area it is balmy, almost spring-like weather. Sunny and blue sky. Day-time temp. has been in the low 70's Fahrenheit (21 deg. C).

New York Temperatures May Plummet to Lowest Since ‘04 (Update2)

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- New Yorkers will get a blast of the coldest temperatures since 2004 after a snowfall today that snarled flights at the region’s airports. Temperatures will dip into the single digits tonight and may peak at 10 degrees (minus 12 Celsius) tomorrow, said Jim Connolly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, New York. With the wind chill, the temperature will feel like zero or colder, he said.

New Yorkers are a hardy lot. They will survive the cold spell. And for us, Bay area residents, it will be payback time during the summer months. We need rain, a lot of it to avoid drought. Time is running out.

Here are some pictures taken during recent outings -- walking and bicycling trips.

San Andreas Lake, looking south from Sweeney Ridge access trail
© Musafir

City of Pacifica from Sweeney Ridge
© Musafir

Foggy Bay - Container ship heading for Oakland

© Musafir

On a recent hike at Foothills Park, we took Los Trancos trail from Wildhorse Valley, then followed Trappers Fire Road and Shotgun Fire Road all the way to top. The fire road ends at Gate 4 (Page Mill Road) which has no public access. After a picnic lunch we returned to the valley via Costanoan trail.

View of Windy Hill from Madrone Fire Road, Foothills Park
© Musafir

JHL at junction of Trappers and Shotgun Fire Roads, Foothills Park
© Musafir

Deer grazing at grounds of Filoli
© Musafir

Meeting of seagulls on Upper Crystal Spring Reservoir
© Musafir


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