Outdoors

San Diego winters bring yellow acacias, frost-bite, and a low-lying Jupiter

Avocados, poinsettias, and laurel sumacs suffer the cold

Acacias, festooned with myriads of fluffy yellow blossoms, are brightening streetsides, freeway embankments, and backyard gardens throughout the San Diego area this month. Although many acacias are native to subtropical regions, nearly all we see ...

Winter Solstice triggers poinsettias

Also brings dark and gloomy nights

Poinsettias, a favorite of backyard gardeners, are now exhibiting their scarlet, petal-like bracts, just in time for the holidays. The onset of 14-hour-long nights triggers their behavior: In San Diego this condition is met just ...

Bird, plane, Santa? No, it's Jupiter

Aim your sights on the sky this month

Jupiter, the “king” of the planets, appears high in the southern sky after sunset. Note its creamy yellow-white color and unblinking brightness. Aim a small telescope at Jupiter anytime during the next few weeks to ...

Stroll under sweetgums

and take in the view from on high

Liquidambar Trees, or sweet gums, the colorfully deciduous trees gracing front yards, parks, and campuses throughout the San Diego area, have been putting on a good show for the past month. The maplelike leaves of ...

Seek out higher elevations for warmer temps

Also seek out Fremont Cottonwoods

Low-Lying Temperature Inversions commonly occur in San Diego as winter approaches. During the night and morning hours, a meteorological condition often occurs in which the “normal” higher-you-go-the colder-it-gets trend is reversed. At such times cold ...

Dog days in Havasu Canyon

This hike to blue-green waterfalls is just outside Grand Canyon Nat'l Park.

Adjoining the Grand Canyon on the south side of the Colorado River is a tributary canyon called Havasu, which, in the language of the Havasupai people who live there, means “blue-green water.” Havasu Canyon is ...

Autumn color, a new moon, and a conjunction

Venus and Saturn get close this weekend

Conjunction between Venus and Saturn — Spot the beautiful sight of Venus and Saturn's close encounter on Saturday, October 29, as they pass within less than three degrees of each other after sunset in an ...

Orionid meteor shower tomorrow

But full moon gets in the way

The Orionid meteor shower is active in the month of October and is expected to reach its peak in the early morning tomorrow, Friday, October 21. Unfortunately, a brightly illuminated moon will glare out much ...

Chinese flame trees in bloom under a fully lit moon

An excellent time for tidepooling

Chinese Flame Trees all over the San Diego region are displaying colorful dusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park, and Lake Murray ...

Look for fog, spider webs, and a crescent moon

Autumn crescent-moon cusps point toward the southern part of the sky

Dense Ground Fogs are a trademark of the onset of autumn along San Diego's coastal strip. Fog materializes during the night and early morning hours when moist marine air that has settled in valleys and ...

A new moon and smoggy days

Be on the lookout for migrant birds and coastal scrub

The Smoggiest Days of the year are most likely to occur during the next several weeks. Persistent temperature inversions (warmer air overlying cool marine air) are frequent this time of year. These inversions conspire with ...

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