Rare Eclipse Draws Curious Humans to Bernal Hill

Did you see it? Did you see yesterday’s once-in-a-lifetime eclipse?

Bernal Hill was an obvious observation post for plenty of keen eclipse-spotters:

Eclipsed. #bernalheights #eclipse2017

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Sexxxy blackout eclipse glasses were totally de rigeur:

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Although some people went for a more Brutalist “box-head” look:

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The human-watching was pretty good too. Here’s a 2017 edition of Humans of Bernal Hill Watching the Eclipse:

We out here! Artillery Familia giving thanks to the divine femininity of the solar eclipse!

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#watching the #watchers #eclipse

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Of course, it being Fogust, Karl the Fog showed up too, to hog the view:

Yet there was still a view, and the humans who came to Bernal Hill to view the eclipse left satisfied:

It’s Official: Karl the Fog Loves Bernal Heights, Wants to Visit More Often

Karl rests before visiting Bernal Hill in Fogust, 2014.

It’s August, which is often called Fogust around town, for reasons that shouldn’t be hard to understand if you look out your window right now.

From street level, the seasonal fog that descends upon San Francisco is cold and dismal, but in recent years it’s also become hilariously funny, thanks to @KarlTheFog, the pseudonymous Twitter account that has given our signature weather pattern a name, a voice, and a vastly more lovable persona.

Some recent examples:

Of course, most of Bernal Heights lies in the City’s “Banana Belt,” the swath of eastern neighborhoods that Karl the Fog visits somewhat less frequently. Nevertheless, we’ve always suspected that Karl has a misty soft-spot for Bernal Heights, and that’s now been officially confirmed.

This week, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Heather Knight published an exclusive celebrity interview with Karl the Fog, which included the remarkable revelation that of all the neighborhoods in San Francisco, Karl the Fog loves us best.

Check it out:

Q: What are your favorite San Francisco neighborhoods and haunts?

Karl: Obviously I spend a lot of time on the western side of the city, but some of my favorite neighborhoods outside that area are La Lengua (the section of the Mission bounded by 24th, 30th, Mission and Guerrero streets) and Bernal Heights. Great people out there. I can’t reach them often, but when I do, it’s worth it.

Awwwwww. Thanks Karl! We love you too! Although, to be honest, we think our relationship tends to work best when we maintain a little distance.

PHOTO: Top, Fogust 2014, by Telstar Logistics

Colorful Sunrise Bathes Bernal in Magical Light

From my home in the North Bernal lowlands, I noticed this morning that the sunrise was creating some fiery orange reflections on the glass of a few downtown high-rises.

It was a lovely scene, but from his vantage point in Noe Valley,  Bernalspotter Christopher Baker had an even more glamorous view of this morning’s colorful sunrise — because it highlighted us.

Welcome to the new week, Bernal Heights!

PHOTO: Courtesy of Christopher Baker

Wacky Weather Brings Hail and Rainbows to Bernal Heights

The cold, wet weather that lingered over Bernal Heights this weekend delivered a schizophrenic mix of conditions that left many Bernalese skywatchers feeling bemused.

The Bernalwood Rainbow Situation Control Facility was activated and on full alert all weekend, so we were prepared with a Euphoria Response Team when science superstar Neighbor Dena snapped the arctastic photo of a Category 5 rainbow (with 2x bonus corona) from the north side of Bernal Hill on Sunday afternoon.

Before that, Bernal was pummeled by a rare series of hailstorms the sent gazillions of pea-sized ice pebbles crashing onto Bernalese roofs and hardscapes.

Esoteric Scientific Fact: Hailstones in Bernal Heights are created when damp unicorn sweat collides with superchilled marine-layer air during winter months. There. Now you know.

All told, it was a day of many meteorological marvels, with alternating periods of sun and intense precipitation. Neighbor Stephan tweeted out a fabulous time-lapse video that documented the confused nature of our cloudscape:

PHOTO: Top, rainbow above Bernal Hill by @denadubai

Epic Rains Trigger Mini-Mudslide on Bernal Hill

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Heavy rains over the weekend triggered a mini-mudslide on Bernal Hill, along the south side of Bernal Heights Boulevard, just east of Ellsworth.

Neighbor Fiid shared this photo of the washed out segment of the slope, and from this angle is looks like Bernal Hill is trying to reclaim the roadway. Which, in a geological sense, it most certainly is.

UPDATE: Bernalwood dispatched the Mobile Uplink Miata to the slide scene this morning. Here’s a complete daylight view: 


In addition, there are many smaller slides and mud flumes visible all over Bernal Hill, so tread carefully to avoid slipping and/or exacerbating soil erosion. 

“Good Morning Bernalwood”

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“Good Morning Bernalwood.”

That’s the message we got earlier today –  along with this image  — courtesy of Christopher Baker, Bernal’s photographically inclined fanboy in Noe Valley. Thanks Christopher!

Oh, and it really was a beautiful sunrise. Did anyone else notice how the color of the color of the light matched the hue of the plum blossoms that are popping right about now? Just for one magnificently ephemeral moment? Wonderful.

Separately, your Bernalwood editor has been arguing recently that winter is the finest season to be in San Francisco – and not just because the skiing on Bernal Hill tends to be excellent. Winter here means no fog, green grass, fragrant air, warm days, occasional hygge-inducing rainstorms, Rainbow Alerts, and so many other unique seasonal charms. Would you agree? Please discuss.

PHOTO: Bernal Hill on February 15, 2017, by Christopher Baker

New “Lake Alemany” Entices Local Media and Watersports Enthusiasts

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After several days of nonstop rain, Lake Alemany has taken form beneath the 101-280 “Spaghetti Bowl,” in southeast Bernal, and the new reservoir quickly attracted the attention of local television crews.

Neighbor John was also on the scene at Bernal’s own version of the Salton Sea, and he reports that Lake Alemany is 1-2 feet deep in the middle, and about 30′ wide. Here’s a close-up:

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No word yet on whether the Recreation and Parks Department plans to open Lake Alemany for bumper-wakeboarding and alligator hunting, but Bernal residents are advised to keep their air boats, amphibious vehicles, and fishing equipment at the ready, just in case.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Neighbor John