Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The rainy weather isn't very funny anymore

RICHMOND, Calif. - The constant rains of recent weeks - including the week that cousin Ruth Bills was here and we went sailing, twice anyway - was bearable because March is generally the beginning of real spring in this part of the world. All we had to do was wait, we thought.

The temperatures in mid to late March start jumping up consistently over 70 degrees, the flowers all bloom and convertible tops drop quicker than Janet Jackson's top at the Super Bowl.

But today's forecast, which runs until mid-week next week, calls for thunderstorms and rains almost non-stop for the entire time. And if the Pacific High pressure ridge doesn't re-establish itself at that point?

More rain, more storms and more colder-than-normal weather.

OK, before people living in New Jersey start piling on, I know. I know! What we have is still better than sleet and snow and a spring that might not arrive until, say, June?

But we live in California, and a part of California in which this crap is supposed to be all over by now. Maybe a sprinkle or two, but Jaysus.

With today's blog, I posted a photo from one of my favorite anchorages in Mexico, Tenacatita Bay. I took the shot in January when we were on our sojourn along the coast (via automobile).

The temperature there right now (according to my on-site, at anchor sources) is 80 degrees, it hasn't really rained since November and the sea temperature is about 75, just right for snorkeling. In fact, that's what my source was about to do: get some snorkeling exercise before margarita time.


In the meantime, I've worked it out with my electrical guru, Ernie, of Ernie Foley Electronics, to come to Sabbatical Thursday (the only day the rain is predicted to even slow down) to reinstall our inverter/battery charger unit - the one I tried to cook with 250 volts last week.

He has a strong aversion to working with electricity on wet boats in rainstorms and particularly when there is a likelihood of lightning.

Can you imagine that?

In the meantime, here's the chant for today:

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Mikey wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!.

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