Remnants of Hurricane Dolores Bring Lightning and Rain

July 19, 2015

730.2 image depicting lightning strikes detected between 6:30 and 7:30 this morning. The storm reached our area around 4:30 am and was still producing some strikes, mainly offshore, at 9:00 am.

The remnants of Hurricane Dolores, which brought intense thunderstorms to Southern California yesterday, reached the Northern Santa Lucias, Carmel Valley, and the Monterey Peninsula early this morning. While heavy rain fell in some areas, it doesn’t appear to have lasted long enough to produce significant totals. No Monterey County rain gauge seems to have received much more than a couple tenths of an inch, and most received only hundredths of an inch. Read the rest of this entry »

Bear Turns Up Near Garrapata State Park

July 13, 2015


Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

A bear was sighted this morning and trash cans found knocked over on private property immediately adjacent to Garrapata State Park. Don’t know if it was the same bear that visited Pt. Lobos and the Monterey Peninsula last month making his way back from the “remote location” where he was released, or a new bear, but keep your eyes open and secure your trash.

Black bears are not particularly dangerous. In spite of there being as many as 40,000 wild bears in California, no one has been killed by one in more than 100 years. They are capable of a good deal of property damage, though, and the way to prevent that is to avoid attracting them in the first place.

Black bears have been slowly moving into the Northern Santa Lucia mountains for many years and it is inevitable that bear sightings will continue.

Monterey Peninsula Water Use Still Climbing

July 2, 2015


Monterey Peninsula graffiti may not be up to the standards of the LBC, but we can still match them in water consumption.

Residential water use in the Monterey Peninsula Cal Am service area jumped to 58.8 gallons per person per day in May. This is up from 55.8 gallons in April. The increase drops the Monterey Peninsula from 29th place on the list of the state’s most water-frugal cities and water districts, all the way down into an ignominious 48th place tie with Long Beach. How long ago now seems that glorious wet December of 2014, when Peninsula residents turned off their landscape irrigation systems and used only a little over 33 gallons per person per day; the second lowest total in the state. Read the rest of this entry »