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Winter Weather Advisory issued December 07 at 8:52PM PST until December 09 at 4:00AM PST by NWS

...SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SNOW EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE WEEKEND... .SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON THROUGH THE WEEKEND. IT NOW APPEARS MOST OF THE REGION WILL ONLY SEE A ROUND OF LIGHT SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY WITH ONLY LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS AND THUS SEVERAL OF THE

Overnight

Lo17° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi26° Isolated Snow Showers then Heavy Snow

Thursday Night

Lo20° Heavy Snow

Friday

Hi28° Chance Snow

Friday Night

Lo21° Chance Snow

Saturday

Hi31° Chance Snow then Slight Chance Snow

Saturday Night

Lo22° Mostly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi32° Slight Chance Snow

Sunday Night

Lo23° Chance Snow

Monday

Hi29° Slight Chance Snow Showers

Light and Flowers Fading

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View of the clouds rolling in this evening. I'm still trying to adjust to it getting darker earlier, and just barely made it out the door before it got too dark.

Among the last blooms of the year are some species of shrubs in arid areas. Though it has been hot and dry for months and the herbaceous plants have already put on seed and dried up, some plants- mainly shrubs are able to efficiently use any available water, and bloom in late summer and fall.

The roots of big sagebrush are extremely efficient, with a central taproot that can grow 10 to 15 foot deep to the water table, and an extensive lateral root system which takes advantage of any seasonal precipitation and even short rainstorms.

Big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata var. tridentata flowers and seed heads against the darkening night sky.

Rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa (syn: Chrysothamnus nauseosus), another deep rooted, late blooming shrub of arid lands. While it takes some observation to figure out the big sagebrush is blooming- the flowers tend to be a similar color to the rest of the plant- rubber rabbitbrush's blooms are so bright yellow and profuse, you might think that all the shrub is- only flowers. There are some twiggy branches and skinny leaves too though...

See my previous blogs on sagebrush "fruits", the the ecology and importance of sagebrush, and shrub identification.