Changing Weather

January 27, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a weird winter all over California. I live a little north of Los Angeles. Our annual precipitation, measured from July 1 to June 30, averages a little over 14 inches. The total rain this season for Los Angeles is about 3.76 inches. That is about 8 inches below normal for this time of year.

Last weekend we had a low pressure system move in bringing a little rain (and awesome clouds) with normal temperatures for this time of year (highs in the low 60s). But that low pressure system moved out and by Thursday, there were highs in the 80s in various southern California locations (and 77° here on Wednesday, see the previous blog entry). Well the weather is changing again with a high pressure system moving in bringing high winds (called a Santa Ana wind). The weather service has issued wind advisories for gusts to 45mph where I live (and up to 75mph out towards Palm Springs) along with a red flag warning for fire danger because of low humidity. By January, the red flag warnings are a thing of the past in most years because we have had enough rain to dampen the brush on the hillsides.

One of the side affects of the Santa Ana winds is that whatever clouds were around are pushed out leaving clear skies. So instead of "looking up" for a subject, I looked down and realized that I could capture some nice images of a backyard flag in motion. I hope you like it.
 



Image particulars: 50mm/f1.4 lens at f5.6, 1/10th of a second with an ISO of 50.

This image is available at my website.




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