Friday, March 29, 2013

Vegas clouds

One of the reasons we moved to Las Vegas from San Diego was the sunshine. (I know, should have said the waters) Las Vegas is located out in the desert surrounded by mountains. As a result we have very little humidity, which results in a lovely clear blue sky with intensive sunshine. If you’ve ever visited and walked the Strip in the daytime or lay out by a hotel pool you probably ended up lobster red with a painful sunburn because of this. It’s always something to look for when walking the Strip or wandering through the resorts, to count how many red people you see. The pale people are usually locals that know better and stay indoors or are well protected.

We get around 3 inches of rain a year (under 7cm) and so we get nice blue skies quite often. Went for a walk around the local park the other day (trying to be better and get some exercise) and noticed that we didn’t have a clear sky. This is what we consider a light cloud cover.

The low humidity and low temperatures at higher altitudes result in some nice contrails caused by the overflying jets. All the planes from LA out to the rest of the US seem to go right over Vegas.

We wandered down around the park near our house. This is the one we used to take granddaughter E to when she lived here and was little. She loved just sitting in the swings, and gradually moved up to climbing the structures and using the slides down. Since then the parks department has upgraded things – some nice shade overhead and instead of that dusty dirt patch we have a nice soft rubberized underlayment – no more hot, dusty, sunburned kids on the swings! Here is the play area with some stripes in the sky to the west

The suncloths look pretty.


angryparsnip said...

We in the west do get the bright blue skies.
I must admit from what you have written I love where you live but I need the Tucson Clouds ! with the rain and snow in the mountains.

Love the park area ! The shade is very smart idea !

cheers, parsnip

Graciewilde said...

hmmmmmmm- your photos make me think i should live in las vegas- i love the blue skies! skies are gray a lot here - all year round. marine influence..... i love going to the beach but i hate the fog (one handed typing - still recovering on that right hand/arm surgery)

LOLfromPasa said...

Fun reading your perspective on LV life. Nice photos too.

.•♫•. Nancy .•♫•. said...

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Coucou Joe et merci pour ces belles photos !!!
Ce ciel bleu est MAGNIFIQUE !!!!

GROSSES BISES et bon dimanche de PĂ¢ques ! :)
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