Acton Thunderstorm

Developing thunderstorm over the Acton area, north of Los Angeles, from Ahmanson Ranch near the Los Angeles County – Ventura County border. The photo was taken about 4:10 p.m. PDT today, during another hot and humid Ahmanson run. Cloud tops were reported to be over 50,000 feet. The distance from Ahmanson Ranch (now Upper Las … Continue reading Acton Thunderstorm

Southern California Thunderstorms an El Nino Calling Card?

Off to the south, I heard the distant rumble of thunder. The developing line of thunderstorms had swept through the West Valley about an hour before I began my run at Ahmanson Ranch. Unusual weather for June. Not so much that there were thunderstorms, but that the thunderstorms were in part the result of an unseasonably … Continue reading Southern California Thunderstorms an El Nino Calling Card?

Thunderstorm

Developing Cumulonimbus Near Mt. Abel Saturday, Pierce College in Woodland Hills set an all-time record high temperature of 119°F. Following a preliminary review, a NWS forecaster said this was probably the highest temperature ever recorded at an official weather station in Los Angeles County. To escape this oppressive heat, and avoid the scorching temperatures of … Continue reading Thunderstorm

A Lot of Bluster, But Not Much Rain

Yep, that was a rumble of thunder. It was a blustery, Spring-like afternoon and a storm cell had developed a few miles to the WNW of Lasky Mesa. Before driving over to Ahmanson I’d checked the weather radar and seen cells circulating counterclockwise around a cold upper level low. Most were dissipating as they moved … Continue reading A Lot of Bluster, But Not Much Rain

Red Box – Bear Canyon – Switzer’s Loop – July 2021

I’d decided to stay off the higher peaks because a combination of monsoon moisture and an upper level low was probably going to produce some thunderstorms in the high country. The action was forecast to stay east of of the Mt. Wilson area, but there was a chance there might be enough clouds to knock … Continue reading Red Box – Bear Canyon – Switzer’s Loop – July 2021

Running Between Raindrops: Chumash Trailhead to Rocky Peak

Was that thunder? I warily eyed the dark clouds over the mountains and pondered the situation. I was about halfway to the top of the Chumash Trail and was planning to run along the crest to Rocky Peak. The run had started in short sleeves and sunshine, but it was pretty obvious that wasn’t going … Continue reading Running Between Raindrops: Chumash Trailhead to Rocky Peak

San Gorgonio Mountain Snow Follow Up

One of the things I’d been curious to see when running the Kodiak 50K in mid-August was how the summit snow band on San Gorgonio Mountain was holding up. The answer turned out to be fairly well. Now, a few weeks later, I was back on Gorgonio, chugging up the South Fork Trail, and on … Continue reading San Gorgonio Mountain Snow Follow Up

San Gorgonio Mountain Snow, Avalanches and Glaciers

The weather was Southern California perfect. Shorts and short-sleeves were the dress of the day. Winds were light, no thunderstorms were in the forecast and no large wildfires polluted the air. Although temps in the valleys were nearing 100 degrees, the weather on the summit of 11,499′ San Gorgonio Mountain was altitude-conditioned bliss. I’d spent … Continue reading San Gorgonio Mountain Snow, Avalanches and Glaciers

Mt. Pinos to Mt. Abel Out & Back – Plus Sawmill Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Sheep Camp

The out and back trail run from the Chula Vista parking area on Mt. Pinos to Mt. Abel (Cerro Noroeste) is a long-time favorite. It combines subalpine summits, beautiful pine and fir forests, and a unique flora with uncrowded trails that are fun to run and explore. The basic out and back to Mt. Abel … Continue reading Mt. Pinos to Mt. Abel Out & Back – Plus Sawmill Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Sheep Camp