Local Weather: Winter to arrive today, exiting late tomorrow

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The weather people tell us that winter is going to arrive in San Diego today and might linger into tomorrow. Then it’s back to regularly scheduled programming with highs in the low 70s, lows in the high 50s, partly cloudy or sunny, with little chance of rain….

In every place where I have lived and worked, weather phenomena came with names—Nor’easter when I was in Boston and Philadelphia, Norther in Texas, Blizzard in Chicago. It’s no different here in San Diego, and today’s event is a “Pineapple Express,” a strong, fast-moving, and warm storm system which typically starts near Hawaii.

Those pesky weather people tell us to prepare for a inch of rain along the coast (that would cause flooding; we’re never prepared for an inch of rain!), a half inch in the high desert (that would cause flash floods for them), and up to four inches in the coastal mountains (kind of where I live).

More importantly for me, the Pacific Ocean should come crashing ashore along the San Diego coast, and you just know that I’m going to be over there trying to get some great pictures. For those in San Diego, best places to see the waves crashing ashore….

Ocean waves

….are at Sunset Cliffs (see picture above); the piers in Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, and Oceanside; and Boomer or Horseshoe in La Jolla.

Birds watching the waves crashing ashore

Of course, when big waves hit make headlines, surfers and jet-skiers have to go check them out.

Inevitably a few of the novices get themselves into trouble and emergency personnel have to rescue them.

Good thing the Republicans haven’t completely done away with government yet…………………………………….

Surfer in San Diego

I’m not sure where I’m going to be. I’m usually at Sunset Cliffs since I have never been disappointed with the waves and people action there. However, I might try to get to La Jolla because there are so many good spots up there and I have never been there during a good storm.

Gawkers watching the waves at Ocean Beach Pier during storm

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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