My adventures in and near Deep Canyon, located near Palm Desert, CA and the pinyon mountains near it.
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The border regions~Nature's Notes~122712
When I drive up into our local mountains, I often see the spot where the mountains' clouds end and hit the warm desert air. I saw this yesterday afternoon. The desert was warm and clear in the afternoon, but when I looked up at our local Santa Rosa mountains, they were dark and cloudy. Hubby was taking a nap in his favorite chair and I was itching to go see if it was snowing up there (it might have been at the mountain tops), so off I went. It's only a 10 to 15 minute drive from my house to the pinyon forest and that is usually where the border is between mountain clouds and desert heat. Yup. You can see it in the top photo. Then, I took some photos of the mountains (you can see all the clouds) and on my way back down the mountain, I stopped at Vista Point, which overlooks the Coachella Valley, and took photos looking out toward the valley. No clouds (well, just a few high ones). The Santa Rosa mountains are to the south of Palm Desert, which means they move up from Mexico, especially in the summer during the monsoon season. Sometimes the clouds often come in from the west. That means that, when they are FULL of water, they hit those peaks and drop their water, thus lifting up into the desert valley or moving east. Of course, by then, they are lighter and don't have water. So, our local mountains often get the rainfall, like yesterday afternoon, that we in the desert don't get. We did get a few sprinkles yesterday morning, but nothing like the downpour that the mountains received yesterday. Nature Notes for December 27, 2012. To visit Nature Notes, please go to: http://ramblingwoods.com/