“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another 12 months may be noted…”
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916) American essayist, editor and critic
The hope of a white Christmas, prompted by the National Weather Service’s Christmas weather forecast. Although cold enough, moisture-laden clouds stayed to the north and east. Strong winds sent the last leaves of autumn swirling through the air, finding their rest on the ground; nary a snowflake was amongst them.
New Year’s Eve is the grand finale and last hurrah of the year. Its final minutes bring both reflections on the past and hope for the upcoming year. Over the years the Rose Bowl traditions have become intertwined with our celebration. The parade and football game follow only too soon after the previous night’s parties and gatherings. Weather, like confetti, can enhance the overall atmosphere during these times.
Ordinarily at this time, winter weather has left the east coast and other parts of the U.S. blanketed in snow. As Southern California, primarily Pasadena’s Tournament of Rose Parade, is viewed worldwide on Jan. 1, the contrast in weather is evident. In 1890, Professor Charles Holder, at the exclusive Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena, suggested, “Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” Whether said as a braggart or connoisseur of good climate, his words hold true. His proposal became reality as the fanfare began.
Over the years certain Rose Bowl activities have come and gone but are remembered. In 1902 the first Rose Bowl football game was played. Being the oldest college football bowl game, it became known as the granddaddy of them all. Considered a bust, it was replaced for 15 years by Roman-style chariot races. Other noteworthy events included a camel and elephant race, cowboy bronco-busting and ostrich races.
We wish 2015’s drought conditions and the instigator – low rainfall totals – good riddance. As the new year begins, the 2015-16 rainfall total stands at 6.18 inches. With January through March being the wettest period and an extreme El Niño in place, a prediction stands for heavy rains to begin. Until then, fair skies and cold temperatures remain in place as Santa Anas blow across New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day. There is a forecast of rain for the beginning of next week. It’s duration and amount remain “up in the air” … for now.
Blessings in the New Year.
Sue Kilpatrick is a
Crescenta Valley resident and
Official Skywarn Spotter for the
National Weather Service. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.