Weather in the Foothills

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Chinese proverb

In 2009 my life changed considerably. Our oldest married and the youngest graduated from high school, all within a year’s time. Call it bittersweet if you will. One minute, our house was Grand Central Station or front row at CV cross-country or track meets. Seemingly the next minute all was done … the last race was finished. Now what? Mom needed to “get a life!”


On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:37 PM, Sue Kilpatrick wrote:


Would you be interested on a small column dedicated to our local weather? I am an amateur weather spotter for NOAA.   What do you think?  Sue Kilpatrick


On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 6:05 PM,

Robin Goldsworthy  wrote:

Interesting idea Sue especially with an expected El Niño this winter.

What did you have in mind?



Hi, Robin,

Thanks for the reply. This is what I have in mind. I would start with a recap of the past week’s weather. Then I would write about the upcoming week’s forecast. Included with the current weather would be interesting facts pertaining to the Crescenta Valley area.  Also, I would like to include how weather has affected the history and geography of our area. Mike Lawler might have some good info! At the end I would include weather statistics – temps, rainfall total, etc. (this would be brief, don’t want to get boring).

What do you think? 

Sue Kilpatrick


Mother Nature also seemed a bit unsettled during this time. In September 2009, the slow-moving Station Fire left our local mountains stripped of their natural vegetation. Making matters worse, El Niño conditions brought above average rain to the Southland; hard hit were the foothills. The Crescenta Valley Weekly, in spite of being in its first weeks of publication, didn’t miss a detail in its coverage. In March 2010, during a lull between storms, publisher Robin Goldsworthy sent me the following email:


On Mar 20, 2010, 6:48 PM, Robin Goldsworthy wrote:

Hi, Sue,

Some time ago you offered to provide a weekly column on the weather. Are you still interested? Given our bout of stormy weather and the destruction it has caused, I would be interested in adding such a column to CV Weekly. Let me know your thoughts.


Robin Goldsworthy


Robin got her weather columnist and I, so to speak, “got a life.” Now, back to the weather.

Santa Ana winds and 90-degree temperatures finish off the week. Next week? NWS meteorologists are in disagreement. Forecasts vary from warm and dry to rainy! As I’ve said, “The weather is up in the air … for now!”

Happy Birthday, CV Weekly! … and many more.