When I saw the title of KL Caley’s #writephoto post, along with the photo she took (above), I immediately thought of the phenomenon I saw this week.
My wife and I moved to San Francisco in 2010 and, almost two years ago, we moved to a town in the East Bay, about 30 miles east of San Francisco. Over last weekend and into the early part of this week, we’ve been hit by significant rain storms, which, given the drought we’re experiencing, was welcomed.
Since we moved from the east coast more than a decade ago, I haven’t seen snow on the ground anywhere near me. Where we live now is, as the crow flies, about three miles southwest of Mount Diablo, a mountain with a peak at 3,850 feet. I can easily see its summit from my yard. When I woke up and went to retrieve my morning paper on Wednesday, I looked to the northwest and saw that the summit of Mount Diablo was covered in snow. Given that the temperatures where I live had dipped down to the mid-thirties during the recent rains, and our elevation is around 550 feet, it made sense that it was cold enough at close to 4,000 feet for there to be snow on Mount Diablo.
The site of snow so close to where I live in Northern California really thrilled me, which probably tells you all you need to know about how exciting my life is.
Anyway, given KL’ s snowy peaks photo, I thought I’d share with you these photos below, which were taken on Mount Diablo by Jessica Christian for the San Francisco Chronicle.