Friday, July 10, 2015

The Climate in My Hometown

This weeks LBC topic comes to us from Ramana in Pune, India. I have lived in 6 different places but only 3 warrant consideration as a hometown as far as I am concerned - Pueblo, Colorado - the place of my birth, Hayward, California where I lived for over 30 years and finally Fort Worth, Texas where I have been for the last 21+ years.

Arkansas River Walk in PuebloFirst up - Pueblo.  Pueblo is situated at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, 112 miles (180 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The area is considered to be semi-arid desert land, with approximately 12 inches  of precipitation annually.  It enjoyed 4 distinct seasins with trypical seasonal temperature fluctuations. The summers were hot and there was snow in the winter which kept me happy as a kid. I recall spring thunderstorms wherein I'd lay onmy back in the front yard and look skyward as the rains came. We moved to California shortly before my 10th birthday and landed in Hayward.

Hayward has a Mediterranean climate, and contains microclimates, both of which are features of the greater Bay Area. In 2012 the USDA rated Hayward ca as a zone 10a climate. I'm not certain what that means in English other than to say the weather in the SF Bay Area is spectacular. Dry, warm summers and cool, mild winters.  The warm season lasts from June 16 to October 18 with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is September 1, with an average high of 75°F and low of 58°F. Like I said - spectacular. Of course that comes with a price - the Hayward fault runs straight through the city and it is one of those faults the USGS says is at risk for a major quake. Alas, in the nineties when the job market in Silicon Valley tanked it was wagons east and south for us and back to being Shackman. Next stop - Fort Worth, Texas.

Fort Worth's climate is continental and humid subtropical, characterized by wide variations in annual weather conditions, long, hot summers, and short, mild winters. For more than 150 years Fort Worth was the only major city in the United States that had never had a fatal tornado. The city's luck ran out in March 2000 when a spectacular tornado tore through residential neighborhoods and the downtown area. Five people died in the storms, which caused an estimated $450 million in damage. and actually bent the Bank One tower - Which was then converted to condominiums.  The Clear- and West-forks of the Trinity River join near the center of Fort Worth and Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain West Lake, Benbrook, and Arlington Lakes form parts of its northwest and southern borders.

The political climate in Fort Worth is right-wing born again.  There is serious money in Ft Worth - 1% money but the monied folk are civic minded. Ft Worth has spectacular museums and a great zoo, The oil industry was very good to the town and the natural gas industry as well though the price of natural gas has caused a bit of a lull in the latter.

Of the 3 I consider only one to  be home in the deepest sense. this song will make that clear

That's this weeks shack-tke on the weekly LBC topic. Time to see what the others had to say.


  1. Boy, did that picture of Cal State bring back memories. I played a music competitiion there about spring 68, and remember seeing a huge crack diagonally through the music hall, and feeling a slight tremor as we played. Glad it's still standing.

  2. I too had the privilege of living in many places due to the nature of my career before I settled down in Pune, which has been my hometown for the past 25 years. In my LBC post, another local commented that I was being overenthusiastic about the weather and I responded that it is a matter of comparing with all the other places that I had lived. You are still to retire! When you do, that will be your hometown. All the best.