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Some weather channels are predicting a week of rain. Can it be true? Lets all do our best rain dances and make it happen!!

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A good rainstorm near the beginning of March would make for some awesome herping. I hope we receive at least 1/2" in most areas, and much more in others. I'll believe it when I see it though...

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Show off!!!

I don't know where that forecast is for, but it sure as hell isn't for here in sunny and dry southern Cal!

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No shit! I was just going to write the same thing!

Owen - rubbin' it in :lol:

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hmmmmm... i should be up there by then... unless i stick around down here and try (again) for the Berdoo LB ensatina... probably rarest sally in cali... :shock: :D Any of my buds wanna join me for a rainy night in the Mts... drop me a line... 8-)

I will get up north for some of that rain... :crazyeyes:

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I'd like to get out with you for at least one outing, while you're up here, Jim. Pretty much everything should be on the menu…

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Believe it or not, chart was long term forecast for San Jose... looks more like Seattle, except about 10 degrees too warm. After having less than an inch in February, we could use it too.

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El Garia wrote:I'd like to get out with you for at least one outing, while you're up here, Jim. Pretty much everything should be on the menu…
cool... if raining, tigers n long toe's still high on my list... pm me your digits

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We can't intentionally seek those buggers out without the proper paperwork. Lots of other NorCal denizens to find, though. :beer:

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We down here in SoCal don't find anything intentionally. As we told you last week, when Jim looks for SG Slenders, he finds Rosy Boas, and when we look for Specks, we find Lyre Snakes. So there should be no problem. ;)

Nick and I would LOVE to come up, too. Maybe, sometime later in spring or early summer. March and April are too busy for us.

And here is the NWS weather forecast for SoCal:

A POTENT BUT VERY FAST MOVING COLD FRONT WILL WHIP THROUGH THE
AREA EITHER SATURDAY NIGHT OR SUNDAY MORNING. THE GFS AND ECMWF
REMAIN AT ODDS WITH THE TIMING, AND THE GFS CLEARLY IS THE
STRONGER OF THE TWO WITH MUCH BETTER PVA AND STRONGER SOUTHERLY
FLOW, BUT THE GFS IS ABOUT 6 HOURS SLOWER. BOTH SOLUTIONS WOULD
SUPPORT ABOUT 3 HOURS OF AT LEAST MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WITH THE
FRONT
, BUT EVEN WITHOUT CONVECTION THE GFS SOLUTION MIGHT BE
BORDERING ON RAINFALL RATES OF A HALF INCH PER HOUR, WHICH OPENS
THE DOOR FOR POSSIBLE BURN AREA ISSUES. SO WILL HAVE TO MONITOR
THIS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS.

BEHIND THAT FRONT LATE SUNDAY INTO MONDAY MORNING WE REMAIN IN A
FAIRLY MOIST WEST/NORTHWEST FLOW WHICH ISN`T PARTICULARLY
CONDUCIVE TO PRECIP SOUTH OF PT CONCEPTION
BUT MODELS SHOW SOME
ENERGY ALOFT COMING THROUGH SO IT`S HARD TO RULE OUT SHOWERS AT
THIS POINT. MODEL QPF IS PRETTY LIGHT THOUGH SO PROBABLY NOT MORE
THAN MAYBE ANOTHER QUARTER OR HALF INCH ON TOP OF WHAT HAPPENS
WITH THE COLD FRONT SUNDAY
.

FAIRLY LOW CONFIDENCE IN THE DETAILS LATE MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS
WELL. THE EC TRANSITIONS TO A MUCH DRIER NORTH TO NORTHEAST FLOW
LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY WHILE THE GFS BRINGS IN ANOTHER SLUG OF
MOISTURE MONDAY NIGHT FOR ANOTHER SHOT OF PRECIP. THIS FAR OUT
MODELS TEND TO BE PRETTY FLIPPANT WITH THESE SORTS OF FEATURES SO
AGAIN, CONFIDENCE LOW. (emphasis added)

Sounds like maybe 1 inch to 1.5 inches total to me, if that. Not terrible, but not exactly the deluge we are all hoping for.

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RobertH wrote:We down here in SoCal don't find anything intentionally. As we told you last week, when Jim looks for SG Slenders, he finds Rosy Boas, and when we look for Specks, we find Lyre Snakes. So there should be no problem. ;)
Alrighty. Our targets will be Batrachoseps, Taricha, and Sceloporus - in that order.
Vould you like to zee my papers to make sure zet everything is in order?
RobertH wrote:Nick and I would LOVE to come up, too. Maybe, sometime later in spring or early summer. March and April are too busy for us.
:thumb:


edit: Staying on-topic, here's the Temps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MXoO9phS8A

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technically... my son found the red belly newt i got to see... so i still wanna go find my own, as well, and that's a good area for the occassional DiCamp... :D

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RobertH wrote:We down here in SoCal don't find anything intentionally. As we told you last week, when Jim looks for SG Slenders, he finds Rosy Boas, and when we look for Specks, we find Lyre Snakes. So there should be no problem. ;)

Robert
Youse guys just must not be very good ;)

Of course, I'm kidding, but you exaggerate a wee bit. I'm sure I could find helleri, chucks, night lizards, banded geckos, etc... if I was looking for them.

That said, herping is like real estate. Location, location, location- or is it range, habitat, conditions. I can't seem to remember :lol:

Here in the central CA, our El Nino usually means wet March and April. We had one in '98 where the sunny weather didn't hit until 3rd week of June.

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You n Derick oughta come down for weekend @ Deep Creek... 2bd rm mobile to stay in... we can go giggin for bullfrogs... and probably even see an Arroyo or 10...incidentially, of course, while giggin invasives... mmmm... bbq frog legs... :crazyeyes:

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Alrighty. Our targets will be Batrachoseps, Taricha, and Sceloporus - in that order.
Vould you like to zee my papers to make sure zet everything is in order?
:lol: :lol:
Youse guys just must not be very good ;)

Of course, I'm kidding,
Well, you better be or else ... ;)

This just in from the NWS:

"THE NEXT WAVE OF PRECIP FOR LATE NEXT WEEK, ASSOCIATED
WITH AN ATMOSPHERIC RIVER STRETCHING BACK TO THE TROPICS AND SAGGING
SOUTH THROUGH CALIFORNIA, IS EXPECTED TO BE THE BIGGEST RAIN EVENT
IN THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD AND COULD GENERATE MULTIPLE INCHES OF RAIN

TO THE AREA FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND. "

Now, THAT is beginning to sound more like El Nino. Don't hold your breath, of course, but with this weekend's rain (about 1-2 inches coastal) and then another, even better shot of rain the following weekend, March may actually turn out to be a good month. :)

Robert

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My bones and joints are starting to ache. ... :thumb:

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Yesterday's rain brought out the salamanders...onto my driveway. Right in the middle of downtown Santa Cruz:

ImageArboreal Salamander, Aneides lugubris by J. Maughn, on Flickr

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I hearby yeild the 'Jim' to you and will henceforth be known as 'the other jim'... :lol: :lol: :lol: the other jim.

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Large-blotched ensatinas came out in full force late last night in San Diego County. Foggy, misty conditions eventually turned into a light rain shower. Then, I saw a total of 18 in about 90 minutes, including this very attractive juvenile:

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I found 3 or 4 of them right as they emerged from underground, with dry dirt partially covering their bodies. I took that as an indication that I arrived at just the right time.

Anyone else find salamanders recently??

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Those ensatina are so beautiful!

There were also a few newts out yesterday, though not on my driveway...

ImageA Few California Newts (Taricha torosa) by J. Maughn, on Flickr

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