Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dense Fog Advisory

I thought the days of hearing "Dense Fog Advisory" on the morning news were behind me. Not so. See, fog is a normal occurrence in the Central Valley of CA...we were surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and there was nowhere for the Tule (pronounced tool-ee) fog to go.

Here, I live on the Plains...that's really what it's called...and it means that it is FLAT, FLAT, FLAT!! No mountains in sight...and they call the Flint Hills "hills"...they're about 100 feet high!

Regardless of the apparent facts, and my abundant knowlege of all things weather (note the sarcasm)...we have woken up to dense fog for the last two mornings. At first when I heard the forecast, I laughed thinking that these Kansas folks couldn't possibly know what fog is...and then I went outside...and it was foggy! So foggy that Bako, CA, would have issued a school fog delay...but not on the Plains!

Of course, I have to mention the KS drivers and fog. I may not know how to drive WELL in snow and ice, and I may be terrified of tornados, but I DO know how to drive in fog. SLOW THE FREAK DOWN!! I know that you can see the lines far enough ahead of you to keep your own vehicle moving...but what about that 30 car pile-up that is only 100 feet in front of you that you can't see??? SLOW DOWN!!

Ok, I'm done now...I just want all my CA buddies to know that I have not escaped the fog. And all that fog did burn off and give us a 77 degree day...in March...and my top came off...the car, people, the top came off the CAR! =)

2 comments:

Dr. Bill ;-) said...

It has been very interesting to have a Google Alert for Blogs on "Kansas Flint Hills!"
Yours came up today!
Have you been out IN the Kansas Flint Hills? On the rural, dirt roads, into the valleys? Chase Co? Hills are much more than "100 feet high" - there are some majestic views. Not the Rockies, for sure, but some really neat places. Check it out!
We now have a 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition – this is the new website: http://www.kansasflinthills.travel/
Our web site is to promote the Kansas Flint Hills; and:
There will be a 22 page color photo spread in National Geographic's April Issue on the Kansas Flint Hills, as a distinctive landscape.

We are really looking forward to the increased interest following that event.
We would appreciate a link from your site, to ours, if you are willing to do so. THANKS!
Best wishes!

Bill ;-)

Terry said...

FOG!!! Holy Crap... You are sooooo right. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!! I avoided a 50+ car pile-up in Georgia several years ago, due to dense fog.. I overslept!!!

And if you do decide to stop, please get as far over in the grass as possible, DO NOT STOP in the road!!

My brother likes to run around with his top down too!!!!