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Southern Californians don’t know cold

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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YUCAIPA, CALIF – It’s 34 degrees this morning and Southern Californian’s – accustomed to sunshine and warmth – are bitching about the cold. Many of my fellow Yucaipans are bundled up in stocking caps and scarves, mittens and long underwear.

“Brrrr, it’s freezing!” they exclaim. Little do they know real cold – much less FREEZING temps where the thermometer plunges well below zero. I’m a farm-raised Minnesotan. I can tell you about unbearable winter weather, and so I will.

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A glorious Chamber of Commerce Kind of day

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Photos By JOHN OTTO / Cannon Falls, MN

YUCAIPA, CA – Living in southern California has its perks. Topping the list and the envy of most folks living anywhere northeast of Arizona is our sun-drenched winter months.

Today I raked some leaves, talked leisurely over the fence with my neighbor, and took a walk smartly dressed for the occasion in T-shirt and shorts, soaking up the sun’s generous rays on our little corner of the planet at a perfect 76 degrees.

When I rounded the corner, heading back home, sweat dampened my brow and my dog was panting. Weather-wise, does it get any better anywhere else? Hard to imagine.

Today was perfect for the Chamber of Commerce to extol the virtues of living in Yucaipa. I’m surprised I didn’t spot the executive director snapping photos of the San Bernardino mountains in all their 3-D glory, or of moms and dads playing with their kids at the park – dressed just like me. With the little energized tykes panting from the heat.

My brother John lives in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. He emailed me some pictures of his new truck. But it was buried under so much snow that I couldn’t tell its make or model.

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Heavy snowfall hits Yucaipa

Friday, January 22nd, 2010


Photo BY BOB OTTO
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YUCAIPA, CA – As the song goes, “It never rains in Southern California…,” but snow? Yes, on occasion – and this morning about 4:30 the snowflakes began falling, and continued to fall until 10:15. About four inches covers the ground.

When daylight dawned, I loaded my camera gear in the car and drove around shooting snow photos, and this is what a day in the snow in Yucaipa looks like: Cars sliding off the road, kids racing down hills in toboggans and sleds, people out walking their dogs with the puffy snowflakes cascading down around them, snowball fights, kids – young and old – making snowmen, and of course, people taking pictures.

Winter Wonderland In Wells, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010


Photos By Pat and Wally Stenzel / Wells, MN

WELLS, MN – This morning I stepped outside dressed in jogging shorts and a t-shirt. I reached up and plucked a ripe, juicy Naval orange off my citrus tree that grows just outside my back door. I lifted my face to the sun’s morning rays feeling its soothing warmth gently bathing my tired skin.

The weather report calls for mid-60s to low 70s temperatures. Ah, what a beautiful Southern California day.

I went back inside and checked my email. Up popped a message from my sister, Pat Stenzel, and her husband Wally, who live in Wells, Minnesota.

Pat attached pictures showing her small southern Minnesota village buried under an avalanche of snow. Her street was piled high on each side with mounds of snow four feet high.

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