Talk About Montclair Micro-Climates

There’s no question that weather varies across Montclair.  It depends on your altitude, whether you live in the canyons versus hills, and if the fog hits your home in a particular way.

After years of defaulting to Weather.com, I decided to explore more specific sources.  Weatherbug set up a full station and reports from Merritt College.  Weatherbonk offers a weather cam, live from the Chabot Observatory.

Chabot Weathercam

Several micro-climate stations are available through the Weather Underground, including Indian Way, Piedmont Pines, and the Skyline/Snake intersection.  You can easily visit the site nearest you, and compare different Oakland results as well.

Weather Underground

Late Wednesday, the weather seemed to hold steady across Oakland.  There was at least a five-degree spread between the hills and flats, and Montclair stations all hovered between 43-46 degrees.  Most importantly the winds had completely calmed down, after the storms blew through here.

Anyway, we really like these local weather sources and the fact that you don’t have to rely on all-Oakland reports anymore.  Do you know other sources worth sharing?  Let everyone know here.

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The First Signs Of Rainy Season

After taking our weather for granted, this storm is a quick reminder of the rainy season ahead.  It’s admittedly beautiful in some ways, as we’re watching the fog pour through the hills.  The rains are not torrential yet.

Here’s a virtual tour of how a Montclair rainy day looks and feels, up in the parks.  We begin with a snapshot of a local chihuahua, who’s clearly stressed by the muddy trail walk.  He (or she) is properly pampered and protected from the raindrops, but that doesn’t seem to help much.

Next, the earthworms emerge from even the slightest rain showers.  (Personally I prefer the banana slugs, but they have not yet arrived on the scene.)  In this photo, a lone earthworm has surfaced on top of the rocky soil, and will likely be joined by others soon.  Of course, they have nowhere to go and may get trampled.

Finally here’s an peaceful image of a foggy and rainy day taken in Redwood Park, which should be familiar to Montclarions.  To me, the rainy days actually tamp down the noise levels in the parks.  It’s very comfortable walking among the trees.  For Hollywood mavens, we’re about to see something evil unfold – Blair Witch Trial, anyone?

We haven’t had any rain in so long, and are still suffering from drought conditions.  This weekend provides just a taste of the rainy season we desparately need.  Yet we have to whine a little – it’s sometimes difficult to stay upbeat with the doom and gloom surrounding Montclair.