The TV was on in the family room as the noon news began. The lead story¹:
Will it be gone by Christmas?
To an outsider this might seem a little overboard… maybe to insiders too. My suspicion is it’s a much more valid lead than first meets the eye.
Let me dismiss the hyperbole first. It’s the 19th. This storm will be a faint memory by Christmas. Has California ever even seen a storm lasting six days over one spot?
Rain does have an impact here. Because it rains so infrequently, roads often have a light surface coating of oil and grease. Roads get slippery in a hurry. Freeway traffic which normally buzzes by in the 70s has to slow down.
During our last ‘storm’ the embankment adjacent to a freeway in the San Fernando Valley gave way, flooding the road and blocking traffic for most of the day.
When it comes to rain, Southlanders (is that an actual word?) are fragile flowers. Rain storms do impact them.
Anywhere else this rain wouldn’t be a concern. But this isn’t anywhere else. In SoCal we’re just not used to weather!
¹ – Yeah, I know. This entry’s title says “lede”, but this sentence says “lead.” There’s no explanation. It just is!