It has been raining since Sunday afternoon. In So. Cal this is a love hate relationship. I love the rain, I even miss it at times BUT people here forget how to drive in it from year to year.
The rainy season is from October through April with most of the falling in the months of January, February and March. Where I live the average rainfall for the year is about 12 inches. And every year, without fail, the big pickup trucks drive like there is no rain falling; the roads are not slick; and everyone else is the idiot for going slow. As a result there are many accidents that just make the driving worse.
We are now into the third storm out of four that is rolling through the area and this morning as I was driving in to work, the clouds parted for just a few minutes and this bright and perfect half circle rainbow appeared over the highway.
As for rainfall, we have a rain gauge at the house and since Sunday we have recorded the following amounts:
Sunday afternoon - Monday morning: 0.40"
Monday morning to Monday afternoon: 2.00"
Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning: 0.06"
Tuesday morning to Tuesday afternoon: 0.85"
Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning: 0.12"
And our Year-To-Date total is 8.04"
I have been working on some repousse using a copper bowl I made. The bowl is only about 2.5" diameter so it is not large and it fits nicely into the pitch pot.
Yesterday I did a post over at Adventures of an Aspiring Silversmith.
I spent today mostly planishing the outside and adding texture but I am not done yet. I have added more pictures to the Metals page if you want to see more....
I now have to decide what to do, if anything on the inside - since the bowl is small most people will see the inside before they ever see the outside surface.
Scotland continues to be snowed in. The entire country!
Elisa has been snowed in for almost 3 weeks now and they are forecasting another two weeks of sub-freezing temp's and snow. The BBC even had a picture of the UK from space and it was all white.
The local government says there is not enough grit and salt on hand (at the moment) to clear the roads - and one village is going to sue [good for them! ] because their roads have not been cleared since it started.
There are new pictures in the Views of Scotland page and you can see from some of the pictures how the snow has piled up on the cars in THREE days.
This report was filed by Mike, at our northern office....
It is snowing heavily yet again (the snow came up over the top of Elisa's wellington boots, which means that it is at least 14" deep in places on the grass) and the Met Office forecast for the next TWO WEEKS is:
"Snow showers are likely to become heavy and frequent at times giving further falls of several cm in many areas, with the potential for over 20cm locally." (5th and 6th January) and the outlook from 6th-15th January reads: "More frequent and heavier snow showers are likely in the north and east where further significant snowfall is likely. The further outlook will continue cold with further widespread frosts. However, it will probably not be as cold as the previous week, with perhaps fewer wintry showers."
Of course, the BBC weather forecasts on both Radio 4 and the News channel simply pass us by with a comment along the lines of "And there are more severe weather warnings for Scotland. But it is forecast to be chilly overnight in south east England, with temperatures as low as -2C." Up here the local Met Office are predicting "around -10C over the next few days - much warmer than last week".
For more pictures, you know where to look - Views from Scotland 2010
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich a.k.a. "the shop elf"- her hubby of 30+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets, computers, and more.