Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rain And Wind Tonight On The North Coast But Good Luck Getting Propane In Trinidad

First of all, I just wanted to give visitors and travelers a heads up that it's becoming almost impossible to get propane at the Chevron station in Trinidad these days. For 3 weekends in a row, I have had to drive to Arcata because the guy either didn't show up, won't be in for a few hours or is off that day. Both Saturday and Sunday. I would also like to add that if you do drive to the Chevron on Guintoli Rd. in Arcata, you will not only be able to purchase propane on the weekend, but you will save .50 cents a gallon too. So if you are buying enough, it actually pays to make the drive. If you are in a pinch, they do have the exchange rack where you can pay
around 15 dollars more for a tank of propane. There are two exchange racks, one at the Chevron and one at Murphy's Market across the street. The service takes your empty tank and exchanges it for a full one. I only recommend this service for those that have an old tank that is starting to rust. You can exchange that for a shiny newer one that is full. 

Now about that storm. Most north west  storms have been breaking up when they hit the "warm blob" of water off the Oregon coast. This has been going on for over seventeen hundred days or since the 3 poorly designed nuclear reactors in  Fukushima Japan exploded and melted down. This is a good thing since rain from the north west would only make the radioactive particles in the air that we on the west coast are exposed to these days, end up on our streams, lakes, gardens,  rain barrels and all over ourselves if we happen to get caught in it. 

However this whole lack of weather or drought scenario is bad for the up welling of the ocean which brings nutrients up to the plankton so the small fish have something to eat. Without those strong winter storms from the north west there isn't much wind. The wind blowing over the ocean creates the up welling. Since that hasn't happened for over seventeen hundred days, the small fish have all but disappeared. This creates a huge problem for bigger fish and birds since small fish is what they used to eat. 

But I digress. Back to that storm. They are predicting gusty and erratic winds up to 40 mile per hour  with rain tonight.Tomorrow will be unstable and cold with a chance of hail or a thunderstorm. 
 Here is a statement from the National Weather Service for my area. 


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
346 AM PST SAT NOV 14 2015

CAZ001-002-151500-
REDWOOD COAST-MENDOCINO COAST-
346 AM PST SAT NOV 14 2015

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PST THIS MORNING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT THROUGH 9 AM.

SURF WILL DECREASE IN HEIGHT THROUGH THE DAY BRIEFLY BUT THEN
REBUILD TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. THOSE VISITING AREA BEACHES
ARE REMINDED TO NEVER TURN THEIR BACK ON THE OCEAN. STAY OFF OF
ROCKS AND JETTIES AND STAY FAR BACK FROM THE SURF.

A STORM WILL APPROACH LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND MOVE THROUGH
TONIGHT. GUSTY AND ERRATIC WINDS UP TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED AS THE
COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH TONIGHT. COLD AND UNSTABLE AIR WILL
FOLLOW ON SUNDAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT.

LARGE SURF BETWEEN 16 AND 21 FEET WILL PERSIST THROUGH SUNDAY.
THOSE VISITING AREA BEACHES ARE REMINDED TO NEVER TURN THEIR BACK
ON THE OCEAN. STAY OFF OF ROCKS AND JETTIES AND STAY FAR BACK FROM
THE SURF.

RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ON SUNDAY.
THE STRONGEST SHOWERS/STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING GUSTY
WINDS...LIGHTNING AND SMALL HAIL.




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