Hawaii or Santa Barbara?

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By Levi C. Maaia

Here are a few photos I took flying Thursday. From the air, Santa Barbara County looked more like Hawaii than California!

The rainbow shot was taken near Jalama Road and Highway 1 on approach into Vandenberg Air Force Base at about 3,000 feet.  Crossing the Santa Ynez Mountains southbound to Santa Barbara Airport, it was a frigid 10°F at 9,000 feet. Flying over the Reagan Ranch we passed some light snow and freezing rain only to break out of the gloom to find the South Coast looking more like The Big Island!

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Basicinfo805 Mar 14, 2021 06:00 PM
Hawaii or Santa Barbara?

Wow, great photos that's spectacular. Beautiful shot of the coast. We've finally gotten some weather lately.

--phantom-- Mar 14, 2021 05:37 PM
Hawaii or Santa Barbara?

Ice & freezing rain in a non-FIKI Cessna? Be careful out there!

John Wiley Mar 13, 2021 04:20 PM
Hawaii or Santa Barbara?

Great pix! Looks like you picked up a little ice on that SBA leg?

Levi Mar 13, 2021 06:19 PM
Hawaii or Santa Barbara?

We picked up very light icing in clouds just north of the ridge. It quickly disappeared as we descended for SBA.

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