ABOVE: Train-watching in Lamy, New Mexico.
I am back from the land of palm trees, surf, and aircraft carriers--in other words, San Diego--so blogging can resume.
On our train trip to California M. and I did see one corner of one of the burned areas, where a fire had come right down to the coast south of San Clemente. The newspapers were full of accusations and counter-accusations over the tardy deployment of fire-fighting aircraft, as well as Thanksgiving-season human-interest pieces about residents who lost their homes.
M. and I drove in last night from the La Junta railway station through a mist of ice crystals, the air about 10 degrees F., to find a message on the answering machine from a neighbor, "A mountain lion was at my back door!" And killed a stray cat had been hanging around the house, right on the back porch.
• This web tool lets you figure the exact elevation of your house (or another favorite spot) and other precise geographical information.
• It is cloud-seeding season, but does the process really work?
“You can’t make any large, robust claims about it . . . and if you do, how do you back them up?”
That’s the question weather and climate experts have been grappling with for decades.
(Hat tip: Coyote Gulch.)