Posts Tagged ‘winds

16
Apr
20

winds aloft…

Patience, mindfulness and planning ahead. Start now.

06
Mar
17

Transitions…

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20
Jan
17

winds aloft…

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29
Nov
15

Blackbird…

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime….

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

Wallace Stevens

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25
Apr
15

hazy day (Siberian Fire’s Smoke)

It seemed most of the days we traveled about the Joshua Tree/Salton Sea areas, there was a haze in the air. The crisp blue skies were sometimes missing. I then learned that the smoke from massive fires in Siberia was reportedly being carried across the Pacific Ocean into the Western U.S. A bit sobering considering Fukushima Daiichi? 

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Below is the smoke filtering into the East Lake (Oregon) caldera from a nearby forest fire in 2006. It is not unusual during the Summer forest fire season in Oregon to have smoke drift into areas from the fires to the South/East.

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12
Dec
14

Transitions can be subtle…

The image below doesn’t seem to depict much in the way of being volatile or powerful. Yet, this image was as the weather transitioned from a few gusts of wind to, for the next several hours, sustained forty mile per hour winds with gusts pushing 70 mph in Portland and at 90 mph on the Oregon Coast. The front pushed up the Oregon Coast into Washington, skirting Portland, with nary a raindrop in Portland and temps in the low 60’s. 100,0000 residences were without power; traffic signals went out snarling rush hour/holiday shoppers traffic; and in one tragic moment a tree fell killing an 11 year old boy in a car and injuring his mother. Not a huge weather event, but the transition below was a perfect image of darkness over taking light.

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12
Sep
14

Destiny…ignoring the signs

I  had control of the reflections…I was oblivious to the winds coming my way…the reflections became fractured, broken, confusing…calamity ensued…now what?

Actually, I propped an old mirror up against a fence, outside. Unusually strong East winds hit the area. I had seen the forecast and high wind advisory. The winds came right up against that slatted fence and smash, down went the large mirror. Bad luck, I’d say by the morning light! Now I have a mess to clean up. Typical!

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29
Apr
14

All that sand………….

All that sand, of late, makes me think of water and that, of course, makes me think of fish…big fish, little fish, trout. The strong desert winds are typical of strong winds blowing across the lake or up the river canyons. This parched mind needs to secure ‘the moment’ once again.

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30
Sep
12

Lake Stratifications and Fall Turnover

Good info to study re the thermocline and where fish won’t be as well as the Spring and Fall ‘turnover’ which could influence when you fish or how well you fish.

TURNOVER                                  THERMOCLINE                               THERMOCLINE

I always find this whole lake turnover event fascinating having witnessed it a few times. If you don’t recognize it for what it is you will swear your seeing things as stuff bubbles up and the lake almost visibly swirls. Lakes also turnover in the Spring or early Summer (more good lake info)

20
May
12

Weather System: Photograph of Red Sky Morning

I was up early to start a fire, the morning air was chilly. I went out onto the porch because the morning blazed red to the East. The lake was fairly calm, but the wind was rustling the chattering leaves of a nearby Aspen. 

The old saying came to mind:

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; Red sky at night, sailors delight.

or

Red sky at night, shepherds delight; Red sky in morning, shepherds’ warning.

To my right, I gazed out at a quiet back cove, surrounded by cat tails and reeds on three sides. Sheltered from the Westerly wind, I watched the sporadic start of a feeding fest by large trout dining on chironomids. This feeding escalated for several hours (I took the pictures at about 0445 hours) and peaked around 0900 hours when a powerful wind tore into the area from the West. The wind blew hard all day. No moisture came, but the daytime temperatures dropped from the previous 80’s into the 60 degree range. By the time night time came the temps were much colder yet. As a pontoon skipper, of sorts, I took warning. Fortunately, I found some safe spots to wait out the winds. 

By the dawn’s early light, I could see the swirls of fish working just below the surface to emerging midges.




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