By John Wiley
The KEYT weather reporters keep talking about Rocky Butte rainfall, and in this last storm it was clear what that's the case. Storms like this last one can really dampen that peak (22" as I recall). I've long wondered exactly where it is, and gMaps first sent me to a spot that's obviously wrong. So I finally looked it up in detail and and found the actual rain gauge on gMaps sat view at 35.674836,-121.053481 7.7 miles ENE of the Hwy.1 Hearst Castle access road. Then I found it in this distant aerial zoom pic from one of our flights along Big Sur. Rocky Butte of course is the peak near the center, and you can just make out the nearby knoll with towers at the top-left corner. I've created a similar gMaps 3D sat view at goo.gl/maps/yvimpemSJ372 and a 2D sat view of the rain gauge at goo.gl/maps/oLCHikBtYCM2 with a "pin" on it between two buildings with tall transmitter towers. Now when they say Rocky Butte we'll have a visual. Next time we fly past, shall we go closer for more pix?