Winter is finally here

We don’t get a lot of fall color, we don’t have a “first frost” or even snow to signal the end of fall to remind us winter is ahead.  My favorite signal that winter has arrived here in LA isn’t even the bundles of firewood or duraflame logs showing up at Lowes or the grocery store.  It is the boxes of mandarin oranges, sometimes seen under the “Cuties” or “Smarties” label.  What ever they are called we go through a box or two a week through January when they are in peak season.

The box here was spotted at Pavilions here in outer monrovia this morning.  The top box is now on my kitchen counter, less two of those sweet tart little buggers.

What is your first sign winter is arriving in LA?

Pic by me with the trusty phone cam.

4 thoughts on “Winter is finally here”

  1. When we moved from LA last year, I was lamenting the loss of fresh produce and our backyard’s 35-foot avocado tree. But our house in Florida has one of these amazing Satsuma trees. We’ve been picking like crazy and freezing juice by the gallon.


  2. As I recall, there’s a certain brisk chill in the air at sundown in the winter months in L.A., no matter how warm the afternoon may have been. Incidentally, here in Nevada the fall season is virtually unheard of. The climate pretty much goes from summer straight into winter; we had measureable snow on Mount Charleston in Las Vegas yesterday.

  3. Very true on the very quick cool down at dusk no matter.

    Cool on the snow…we’re going to be there for Christmas to visit the fam and we want a snow play day. Pray for lots snow so they aren’t disappointed! Fall is pretty absent in LV probably the one thing my mother bemoans every year.

  4. I didn’t know your family is here in L.V., Fraz. Cool. We had a lot of snow here last winter and the climate so far this fall has been a carbon copy of last year’s weather bulletins so I expect a repeat. Incidentally, one never realizes how near to L.A. Las Vegas is until you see the number of Southern California counties (San Bernardino, Tehachapi, etc.) that are affected by the same weather systems that strike us here.

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