For those of you who don’t know, LA is a friggin desert. It’s hot and dry here. All water is brought in from the Owens Valley (east side of the high Sierra Mountains) or the Colorado or Sacramento River. This water project is the largest in the country. Our average rainfall is about 15 inches a year – but that belies what really happens. In the past four years we had 13, 3, 13, and 9 inches . The year prior to that we had 37 inches of rain. We get a few storms, usually in February or March, with three or four inches, and that’s it. In the 3 inch years, we don’t get any rain. I think that the dog peed in the rain gauge those years. In 2006-2007, when we got three inches, that was the least rain we have ever gotten at least since they began keeping records in 1887.
In the past couple of years we have been on water rationing, that is, we can only water our lawns on Monday and Thursday. I’m not sure why it makes any difference. Why not people with even numbers on Monday and Thursday and odd Numbers on Wednesday and Friday? One thing we did learn, however, was that when they started the Monday/Thursday fandango, water mains started to burst all over the city. No one will admit it, of course, but running all that water on the same days put extra stress on the water mains and kablooie… I wonder if we wasted more water than the rationing saved?
It’s been raining since last Friday. At last count downtown LA had five and a half inches of rain in this storm (that was at 10 this am). My guess is that we are closing on seven inches now and the weather service, such as it is, is predicting heavy rain through Wednesday. That’s a lot of water sports fans. Snow is falling in the mountains. Mammoth Mountain Ski area had NINE FEET of Snow over the weekend. The only problem is that you can’t get there. Roads are closed.
The weather folks are perplexed. They had predicted a dry winter. Seems there is a La Nina effect at work in the Pacific and that means no rain for California. Yeah Right. El Nino (the Christ Child) effect brings rain. Somebody forget to fill the kids in this year.
With all out scientific knowledge, computers, and historical data, we still have no clue. Headlines in London Papers a few years back harkened the end to any snow in the UK. Here’s a picture I got yesterday from a friend in Birmingham:
I still go back to my credo. If it comes from an official source, and is predicting something more than a week out, believe the opposite.
The wooly caterpillar, my dog’s coat and the Pennsylvania ground hogs can predict the mid distance weather as well as science. Those computers just aren’t quite as fast as they need to be.