Sunday, September 30, 2007

September 30, 2007

The last day of September and the last day of the 2007 season for our dear Dodgers. I blame the heat and predictable sunshine for the loss.
It's still hot here in the afternoon sun. 80 degrees to be exact. Shuffling up a shadeless mile long hill is only advisable under the strong conviction and love of a team.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

September 29, 2007

My plane landed in Ontario at sunset. Just in time to see the sky turn pink over the track houses in the Inland Empire. I sang the theme song to 'Weeds' to myself and wondered what the weather was like in LA all day. I posed the question to Kelly K and she replied:

Warm, but not unpleasant. Breezy. Spent the day in the mall eating onion rings and beer.

Friday, September 28, 2007

September 28, 2007

Thanks Bethany and JG:

all the colors of LA, meshed today into gray and the sun took a break from all its usual shining while a gentle breeze managed to coax some eager leaves off their swaying branches. the change affected everything from the length of sleeves to how one takes their tea. the dwellers of this city are ready to retire their tank tops and ice cubes.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

September 27, 2007

A few official days into fall and we are all still sleeveless.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

September 26, 2006

Big moon. It obviously affects the weather and the last minute-ness of a weather report.
Gentle day overall.
Stay sunny.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

September 25, 2007

79 Degrees and sunny today. It's really chilling off at night now. Made the hike up Elysian Park more tolerable. A giant harvest moon hovered over Dodgers Stadium before it found it's home way up in the night sky by the second inning. It promises to get more spectacular as the days get shorter but it's time to find another vantage point. Only a week left of regular season.

Monday, September 24, 2007

September 24, 2007

As the earth is now on a tilty journey into darkness at a personally estimated rate of three quarters of a degree a week, we can now enjoy the changing glorious warm sleepy light of fall. Today was a stupefying seventy nine degrees with complete sunshine. The most noticeable difference from a summer day so far is that there is less of it.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

September 23, 2007

Scientific facts:

Equinox means equal night.

At the autumnal equinox (Sept. 23, 2007, 5:51 A.M. EDT), the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Autumn equals awesome sun light.

September 22, 2007

Conspiracy theorists predicted that a major terrorist attack was going to take place yesterday or today. They based this on some stock market predictions and activity and some other things like shape shifting and spiritual owls and whatnot. Nothing happened here, stateside, other than another rainy day in LA. Bring it. Stay inside if you are wearing flip-flops though. We wouldn't want any accidents.

Friday, September 21, 2007

September 21, 2007

Rain in a city completely unprepared for rain is the best kind. Instant roadside lakes and palm branch canoes appear like magic. Roofs all over sing out with the distinct sound of cloud droplets on terracotta. Hoods up in Los Feliz and umbrellas open in Silverlake. Neon lights see their reflection for the first time and it is really special.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

September 20, 2007

Contrast and backlighting are not just photoshop functions. They are a way to judge and experience sunray intensity. Today was a day where the object in front of a person was only 7 percent visible with direct sunbacklighting. Meaning the sunshine was so bright that only silhouettes were apparent. Only 7 percent of an objects distinguishing characteristics were visible. Like the shape of a nostril or traction patterns on a wheel of an H3.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September 19, 2007

I was going to restrain myself from using too many baseball analogies for this weather project. But since a dark cloud fell on LA, both literally and baseballically, I feel that there is precious time left to write sports related weather reports. It should be justification enough that over 60 percent of my american slang dictionary is baseball terms. You cannot talk about anything in the human experience without being on or off base, or covering your bases, or hitting someone in the wheelhouse.

And who knows? Maybe the same miracle that brought our city the gray chill today, will bring us the winds of post season play!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September 18, 2007

Shorter days and longer shadows. While fall weather is exciting even here in LA, there has to be more to write about than that. If rain or winds or solar flares don't come soon it will come time for a new analysis of variations of sunshine. It's that time already I suppose. Time for a critical vocabulary about the delicate nature of sunshine. It should allow for subtleties that resemble wine talk but without the classicism. Sunshine is for everybody.

Monday, September 17, 2007

September 17, 2007

Oh autumn sun your long caressing afternoon shadows treat a gold lame sports bra well.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

September 14, 2007

The art of taking things for granted is a two year process in most relationships. All this sunshine around all the time can make a person complacent. But there are some moments that hint at change. Like the changing light and shadows in mid September. They remind us that our dear sun can be pleasant and not just present. We see it in a new way and are born again like first daters.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

September 13, 2007

High seventies would be a decent estimation. Unlike the past weeks, it was dark by the time the national anthem started to play. But that didn't mean any of us forgot about all of the sweet post season encouraging sunshine that reined all day.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 12, 2007

A glorious sunny day today. Sunbeams shining with kisses begging for forgiveness for that irrational heat wave fit last week. It's still summer as far as the daytime is concerned. But the temperature drop this evening assures us that autumn weather is on its way.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11, 2007

Did you know?

the doldrums:
a.a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
b.the weather prevailing in this area.

Monday, September 10, 2007

September 10, 2007

Everything is back where it should be. Equipoise. Homeostasis. Holding steady. Complete system equilibrium. Total balance and assured evenness at a homey and reliable 80 and sunny.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

September 8 and 9, 2007

Jason M sent me something good enough for both days:

There are days when the weather is best measured, and explained, by one's air conditioner. More specifically, by examining to what extent one is relying on one's air conditioner (and in the case of our recent heat storm, to what extent one wishes to throw one's air conditioner out the window because it is effectively useless). Anyway, while the AC in my overheated, uninsulated apartment has been operating on Hi Cool for the past few weeks, today and yesterday Low Cool was sufficient to keep me from running, screaming out of my apartment in sweaty, violent  frustration. Hallelujah, because the energy bill from these plug-in, window units is deadlier than the heat

Friday, September 7, 2007

September 7, 2007

My poet pal Bethany sends me word of LA:

Hot-headed LA has relented and we are no longer in the midst of our heated argument. My friend Julie is wearing a scarf.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

September 6, 2007

79 and sunny in the daytime in LA and from my JetBlue seat 2A, 80 and 80 at night, as in 80 degrees and 80 percent humidity. Also in the forecast a 30 percent chance  I can get my guest writers to cover for me again this weekend. 75 percent guarantee that I miss the 20 percent humidity of LA already and a 100 chance of pizza. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

September 5, 2007

Sweet sweet relief. This must be what it feels like to be released alive from violent torture and interrogation, liked the kind featured in the summer blockbuster Bourne Ultimatum. The temperature was much more civilized today. At 80 degrees it still was advisable to keep all lip balms and light plastic containers away from windows.

RIP Summer.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September 4, 2007

Bethfromabove has been reading Shakespeare:
"Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines."

Weather today from Kelly K:
"101. Just like the freeway"

Thanks to my lovely pals that helped keep 80 and Sunny updated whilst I was away.

Monday, September 3, 2007

September 3, 2007

Bethany of hopefulromantic tells me this:

Mother of god, why have you foresaken us? Hot hell lord almighty. The kind of extreme weather that turns people religious if for no reason other than the fact that the churches are air conditioned. The Weather Channel says salvation is on its way, 80 and sunny on Wednesday. Amen.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

September 2, 2007

And a word from guest writer Jason M:

Today was hot. Hotter than a gravedigger's ass in Texas, as they say in Mississippi. There was no need to look up in the sky because you knew exactly what was there. The god awful sun, punishing you for its own amusement before it makes its slow, autumn retreat and allows you once again to walk, think and breathe without sweating like a wild, disgusting animal.

10 pm. The sun has long gone down, and it's still so hot that people in the street are screaming. They aren't yelling words, just screaming, in what can only be explained as a primordial response to the cruel, hot, enveloping thickness of the air.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Septemeber 1, 2007

I escaped the LA heat wave to visit a friend in cool Phoenix, Arizona. I braved a breezy lighting storm on the way to Albuquerque. The big sky is a showcase for several simultanious weather patterns. Since I'm gone,I have asked my friends back in LA to send a report.

Kelly K is the only one that got back to me today:

Another weather report: two words: hot nights.

Ha! One more weather report- the title of this blog will have to change if this keeps up. 98 and sweltering.