Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today Is Thursday

Got up this morning to another cloudy day, but at least the sun has peeked out a few times. The marine layers does not seem to be as thick as it has been the past few days.
I went for my walk after Ben left for work, came home, had breakfast and went outside to start putting back all of the patio chairs, BBQ, wind chimes, etc. that we had moved away from the house for the paint job. Got the broom out and swept up what mess the workers left behind, which really wasn't much as they did a pretty good job cleaning up after themselves.
I must admit the house looks great and now that everything is back in place, it feels normal again. Took a photo of the front of the house so you can all see how it looks.


  1. It looks very pretty! It feels great to have everything freshly painted, I know. What lovely flowers you have in front and is that your cat I see in the garage? Looks like you have a great place to walk in the neighborhood too. So glad the painters are finished - now you need to have a BBQ to celebrate!

  2. I'm having computer problems - I think my other comment got deleted. Just wanted to say how nice your home looks. So glad you are pleased and hope you can relax and enjoy now!

  3. Your house looks very pretty. They did a good job painting. Is a marine layer similar to what we call fog? Take care, Sheila

  4. Sheila,

    A marine layer is usually just a layer of clouds that does not sit on the ground. It just comes on shore and keeps everything overcast most of the day.

    Here is what Wikipedia says about them:

    A marine layer is an air mass which develops over the surface of a large body of water such as the ocean or large lake in the presence of a temperature inversion. The inversion itself is usually initiated by the cooling effect of the water on the surface layer of an otherwise warm air mass. As it cools, the surface air becomes denser than the warmer air above it, and thus becomes trapped below it. The layer may thicken through turbulence generated within the developing marine layer itself. It may also thicken if the warmer air above it is lifted by an approaching area of low pressure. The layer will also gradually increase its humidity by evaporation of the ocean or lake surface, as well as by the effect of cooling itself. Fog will form within a marine layer where the humidity is high enough and cooling sufficient to produce condensation. Stratus and stratocumulus will also form at the top of a marine layer in the presence of the same conditions there.

    In the case of coastal California, the offshore marine layer is typically propelled inland by a pressure gradient which develops as a result of intense heating inland, blanketing coastal communities in cooler air which, if saturated, also contains fog. The fog can last until midday when the heat of the sun is frequently strong enough to evaporate it. An approaching frontal system or trough can also drive the marine layer onshore.

    A marine layer will disperse and break up in the presence of instability such as may be caused by the passage of frontal system or trough, or any upper air turbulence which reaches the surface. A marine layer can also be driven away by sufficiently strong winds.

    It is not unusual to hear media weather reporters discuss the marine layer as synonymous with the fog or stratus it may contain, but this is erroneous. In fact, a marine layer can exist with virtually no cloudiness of any kind, although it usually does contain some. The marine layer is a medium within which clouds may form under the right conditions, not the layers of clouds themselves.


  5. Thanks for the explanation. Have a nice weekend, Sheila


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