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The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
2012-07-17 13:48:38

The Sierra Nevada Mountains located along the Eastern portion of California and the Western Portion of Nevada have a huge impact on the weather in this region. The first is the Sana Anna winds. These are very warm winds that ascend from the mountains westward back into the basins of California in such places like Los Angeles. These are very dry winds that can heat the temps up into the...

The California Current
2012-07-17 13:37:35

The California current runs north to south along the West Coast of the United States. This current has huge impacts on the weather along the west coast. Along California this current is responsible for extensive Marine Fog layers every day during the summer, especially when the land is warmer than the waters along the coast. Also in the California area this current keeps the coastal cities...

2012-06-14 07:29:28

Symbol: ZACA8 Group: Lichen Family: Lichinaceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lichinales Family   Lichinaceae Genus   Zahlbrucknerella Herre – zahlbrucknerella lichen...

Wyethia angustifolia DC Nutt California compassplant
2012-06-14 07:34:18

Symbol: WYAN Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   WYANF Wyethia angustifolia (DC.) Nutt. var. foliosa (Congd.) H.M. Hall Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae –...

Washingtonia filifera Linden ex Andr H Wendl California fan
2012-06-14 07:38:28

Symbol: WAFI Group: Monocot Family: Arecaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    N VI    I Synonyms:   BRFI2 Brahea filamentosa (Fenzi) H. Wendl.   BRFI3 Brahea filifera W. Watson, nom. inval.   NEFI2 Neowashingtonia filamentosa (Fenzi) Sudw.   PRFI Pritchardia filamentosa Fenzi   PRFI2 Pritchardia...

Vitis californica Benth California wild grape
2012-06-14 07:40:42

Symbol: VICA5 Group: Dicot Family: Vitaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Vine Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA, OR Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 08:00:40

Symbol: VECAC2 Group: Monocot Family: Liliaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   VESP3 Veratrum speciosum Rydb. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:AZ, CA, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants...

Vaccinium ovatum Pursh California huckleberry
2012-06-14 08:04:39

Symbol: VAOV2 Group: Dicot Family: Ericaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Subshrub Shrub Native Status: L48    N CAN    N Synonyms:   VAOVS Vaccinium ovatum Pursh var. saporosum Jeps. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae...

2012-06-14 08:08:47

Symbol: USCA2 Group: Lichen Family: Parmeliaceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lecanorales Family   Parmeliaceae Genus   Usnea Dill. ex Adans. – beard lichen Species...

Urtica dioica L ssp gracilis Aiton Seland California nettle
2012-06-14 08:09:10

Symbol: URDIG Group: Dicot Family: Urticaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N AK    N CAN    N SPM    N Synonyms:   URCA3 Urtica californica Greene   URCA5 Urtica cardiophylla Rydb.   URDIA Urtica dioica L. var. angustifolia Schltdl.   URDIC Urtica dioica L. var. californica...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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