I know. I regularly harass the rest of you when you talk about having rain. I admit that we actually do have rain in SoCal. There was one day in August when it rained for about six hours. We recorded something just under a hundredth of an inch. I’d look out the window and the sidewalk and street would be wet. I’d walk out an hour later and everything was dry. Minutes later they’d be wet. It was the same thing all day long.
The cute thing about rain in SoCal is the way the local TV stations handle it. As soon as there’s a single drop of rain anywhere around, the local stations put up a banner saying “STORMWATCH” and they start flashing back and forth from the studio to reporters on the street. I remember one time the anchor said something like, “We go now to Mara who is on Firestone Avenue with dramatic pictures of the storm.”
They cut to the outside reporter who talked about how hard it had been raining for the past five minutes (although there was no rainfall right then) and then the camera cut to a close up of a storm drain in the side of the street. There was about a quarter-inch of water dribbling down into the drain.
That’s the way we handle rain in SoCal.
Yesterday, however, we actually had some rain -- almost all day long. Here are two pictures showing how wet it was and I’ll warn you that they look pretty much the same as two pictures I took about a year ago when we had some rain. First is looking north from my front porch.
The next is looking east from my front porch.
That, folks, is rain in my world.