The last series of wet storms brought many inches of rain and high winds to Palomar Mountain! Palomar Mountain experienced trees down, heavy rain melting the snow from previous storms causing rock and landslides. A new series of colder storms are headed our way lasting off and on through the week. El Niño conditions are here. It's either feast or famine when it comes to weather in Southern California!! Forecasters are predicting El Niño conditions to last into the spring.
This season, Palomar Mountain has had more welcome rain than in many past years.
Beginning February 13, 2019, there are a series of very wet storms that are to pass through Southern California. Before traveling to the mountains, please make sure you are prepared for potential hazardous conditions (slippery roads, wind, heavy rain, debris, ice and snow).
Happy Groundhog Day!
As of 8p tonight Palomar Mountain received 1 3/4 inches of
More rain and the possibility of snow headed our way with storms off and on through Wednesday of next week. Check the NOAA Website for weather updates.
Punxsutawney Phil and Grody the Groundhog are both predicting an early spring.
I am looking forward to spring already and a yard full of gorgeous daffodils, lilac
spring wildflowers and new leaves on the black oaks!
Be safe on the roads and remember to watch for debris on the roads...
Click here for a Palomar Mountain webcam.
Blood Moon Image courtesy of Martin Adams
January 20th 2019 the last total lunar eclipse will be visible from North America! Grab your jackets and enjoy this spectacular cosmic event known as the 'Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse'.
Palomar Mountain has a great east facing USFS lookout on East Grade Road overlooking Lake Henshaw. Montezuma Grade turn outs in Anza Borrego State Park is another favorite of ours to enjoy a moon rise. Learn More...
Below is an announcement from Palomar Mountain Traffic Safety Team 1/9/2019:
"This has been a long process, about a year long. I'm not going to write a book about the entire process. Last Spring San Diego County Traffic Advisory Committee ordered a Traffic Engineering Study for both South and East Grade Roads here on Palomar Mountain. The road study recommended speed limit changes for both South and East Grade Road. Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors APPROVED the speed limit changes. In about 60 days (Estimate) we should have new speed signs on both South Grade Road (30MPH) and East Grade Road (40MPH). Here are some notes from the meeting agenda: District 5 Item 5-A. South Grade Road from State Route 76 to East Grade Road in Palomar Mountain (58th Edition Thomas Guide Page 1052-B6) - Establish a 30 MPH speed limit and certify the speed limit for radar enforcement. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 5 Item 5-B. East Grade Road from State Route 76 to South Grade Road in Palomar Mountain (58th Edition Thomas Guide Page 1073-J6) - Establish a 40 MPH speed limit and certify the speed limit for radar enforcement. Approval of Items 5-A and 5-B would establish tools for speed enforcement that increase road safety and retain mobility. Properly posted speed limits provide feedback to safe and reasonable drivers to improve traffic safety, reduce the number and severity of collisions, and allow for fair enforcement. Both 5-A and 5-B have been approved by the San Diego Board of Supervisors this morning."
Step back in time and Discover Palomar Mountain! 'Southern California's Nearest Faraway Place...' You'll fall in love with this 1920's oh so charming, vintage 'Tiny Home Above the Trees' - Located in the Historic Bailey Meadows community. This is a unique opportunity for a handy person with a sense of adventure who enjoys the four seasons. nature and the great outdoors. Nestled in the forest on just over 1/2 acre with views Palomar Observatory from the view deck. The walk in basement has the potential for adding additional living space.
Contact Diana Serry for more information and to schedule your private showing!
Offered at $197K
April 28-29 2019 The Lodge on Palomar Mountain is proud to host the finish line of 7th annual Badwater Salton Sea Ultra Marathon. We always look forward to this event with runners and teams from all over the globe! The 81 mile race begins 234 Feet below sea level at Salton City, CA and finishes on Palomar Mountain at 5500 feet elevation atop Palomar Mountain...Read more
Thank you Ranger Jessica of Palomar Mountain State Park for sharing this great video regarding California Mountain Lions! Palomar Mountain and rural San Diego County are home to these magnificent cats. Watch Now...
As residents of Palomar Mountain Alan and I enjoy all four seasons. In the winter we can get snow and ice. It is important to us that we are able to drive safely during these conditions, so we always carry tire chains in our vehicles in the winter months.
Recently I have been researching alternatives for traditional snow tire chains, and wanted to share a few products that I am considering upgrading to. I am looking for fast, safe and easy installation and came across Flex-Trax and Spikes-Spider as possible options for my Toyota Tundra. For times when you simply need to get unstuck, the TracGrabber seems like a good, inexpensive solution.