Surf City Halloween Costume Cross

October 31, 2009


Waiting for the start of the Costume Cross Read the rest of this entry »

Waves Rebuild Carmel River Lagoon Sandbar

October 18, 2009


Less than a week after the County drained the Carmel Lagoon to prevent flooding, waves have thrown up a new sandbar Read the rest of this entry »

Bicycle Ride: Carmel to Morro Bay

October 15, 2009

We use our point & shoot camera to take a fuzzy video of an October 10, 2009 bike ride from Carmel to Morro Bay, add some irritating copyright-free music, and post it on the Internet:

Carmel Lagoon Breached in Annual “Emergency” Ritual

October 14, 2009


The Carmel River Lagoon drains into the ocean through the newly bulldozed cut

Every year when the Carmel River begins to flow it backs up behind the sandbar at the beach and threatens to flood homes built on the floor of the lagoon. And every year the County shows up with bulldozers and breaches the sandbar to protect the homes. The breaching empties the lagoon, saves the homes, and washes out to sea juvenile steelhead not yet prepared to survive in salt water. Read the rest of this entry »

Rivers Rise as Deluge gets Rainy Season Underway

October 14, 2009

Well, the remnants of Typhoon Melor proved to be every bit as wet as advertised. As it so often does, Mining Ridge (above Big Creek) took the prize with a whopping 21.34 inches of rain. Accumulations of over 10 inches were common at higher elevations in the Santa Lucia’s and, while we haven’t heard of any serious debris flow problems, the rivers and creeks went from trickle to torrent in only a few hours. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Throw a Tarp over the Woodpile

October 12, 2009

And weight it down with a few extra rocks, while you’re at it. Not only are they still calling for heavy rain tonight and tomorrow, they’re also calling for wind up to 60mph on the coast, stronger at higher elevations. Read the rest of this entry »

Stormy Tuesday?

October 11, 2009


The calm before the storm?

Following last year’s fires, Big Sur sweated through the rainy season knowing that a single heavy rain could unleash destructive debris flows. And, amazingly, although the total rainfall for the year was close to normal, the rain spread itself out so evenly throughout the season that, with a few minor exceptions, all trouble was avoided. Can anyone remember another year, other than major drought years, when Big Sur didn’t get even one serious rain? Read the rest of this entry »