I’m in Palm Desert this evening, at the TV station. I drove in from Orange County earlier today. No sooner had I sat down than I got a text message from Eddie Ackerman.
Let’s grab dinner this week.
This week became this night. We went to Five Guys near the station.
Eddie’s a former New Yorker, like me… from Flushing, like me. He lives in Palm Springs now and loves it. How could you not?
I remember meeting Eddie the first time back in the late 70s or early 80s. He was working for Compact Video. They were a large video production company.
Eddie took me around. I wasn’t yet in TV. Everything he showed was dazzling.
In a control room full of monitors a guy was editing a concert. As the tapes played, he punched the show on a switcher. Every once-in-a-while he’d hit a shot he didn’t like, rewind the tapes and pick it up from there.
Close to 40 years later I remember how impressed I was. It’s a day vividly etched in my mind.
Companies like Compact don’t exist anymore. Million dollar plus control rooms aren’t needed. TV can be done on the cheap from nearly anywhere with quality not imagined back then.
Nothing ever stays the same. Certainly not Eddie and me!
We’ve been trying to see Sara Welch since we’ve been in California. That’s around a year-and-a-half of cancelled plans and conflicting schedules. Sara and I worked together at WTNH. Now she’s a reporter at KTLA in Los Angeles.
Sara and her husband Bob came for brunch. We also invited Soumada Smith, my weather center cohort at KMIR and a former co-worker of Sara’s at KTLA, and her husband, Jason.
We don’t need an excuse for my Irvine cousins. They were invited too.
It was a great time made even better by Helaine’s catering. She’s been cooking, baking and prepping for the last few days. Damn, she’s good!
Special bonus: I’ll have tasty and fattening leftovers for the next few days.
Why did we wait all this time?
I’m forecasting the weather for the Coachella Valley at KMIR. The physics of weather are the same, but there are different tools to use.
Satellite imagery is a lot more important here. Anything coming from the Pacific is out of radar range nearly all the way to the coast.
I’ve been looking at a plume of moisture from north of Hawaii curving up the Pacific then back down the West Coast. It’s the big weekend weather maker for SoCal. The only way to see it is from the bird.
Saturday, while it’s raining in LA and San Diego, there will be partly cloudy skies over Palm Springs with a few sprinkles. We are protected by steep mountains, some over 11,000 feet tall.
On Sunday the moisture heads in from the south. No protection there! That’s when we get the bulk of our rain.
Some computer models show around an inch of rain in Palm Springs by Monday morning. That’s a lot in a place that floods easily. I spent time tonight explaining ‘washes’ to the tourists and snowbirds watching.
On top of the rain we’ve got wind for Saturday and as much as a foot and a half of snow in some mountain locations.
Who said I’d be bored forecasting here?
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