|Wanna kiss a sea lion. Head to the Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz.|
Now the forecast. Super nice out there right now, and warming up nicely into the mid 70s. In the sunny, breeze protected and paved parts of town we could easily see temps reaching up into the low 80s. For like ten minutes or so. Point is, it is quite warm out there. Up in the Sierra, the snow will be corning up nicely on east, south and west facing slopes as the sun hits them. North facing slopes will soften less. 60F at lake level, and low 50s in the mountains. All in all, some great spring skiing conditions. My son and I were out yesterday and he had his biggest day yet. The weather was perfect for the young ones and learners. Kind of nice not being cold on the hill. Back here on the coast things are not boring either as decent surf continues from last week, with a new round of swell arriving mid day Sunday boosting heights back into the over head range. For March, things look great. Still, a decent sea breeze is expected int he afternoon.
If you are a gardener, this will be a great weekend to get out and prepare your planting beds. Our winter garden is looking great right now, producing too much lettuce and kale. You can't ever get too many peas, but we are close, and the Brussels sprouts are beginning to set on the stalk. As are the fava beans. If you like to gamble a bit, it might be worth getting a zuke in the ground. In my mind, it is still a bit early for the real tender plants like cukes and tomatoes. Right now, the weather looks fine, but it is still technically winter, and we could see cooler weather through months end, and if it gets too cold, those plants will stunt and fail.
Speaking of cooler weather, Monday we will drop back to around 70F for a high, and by Thursday we will drop further into the upper 60s. The chances of rain are looking slimmer, as the high pressure will not shift far enough west to allow storms to drive down the coast. Forecast models continue to suggest a shift in about 10 days. We've heard that before. Still, will keep an eye on things and my fingers are crossed for more snow and rain. Lord knows we need it. Super nice this weekend, sun through the week, with some slight cooling through next weekend. Maybe rain by the following Tuesday (25th).