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70 Straight Hours Of Rain (Weather notes from Los Angeles)

post #1 of 16
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70 hours straight of rain. And counting.

Man, it's wet out there. I looked out the door, and the concrete walkway is under 2 inches of rain. And it's the "high" spot between the buildings...the rest is gardens. SImon is fascinated by the rain; the smells and the feeling and the sounds; I hold him to the laundry room window (open), and let him see what's going on. He's cute - but has no interest in going outside (thank goodness). All the other cats could care less. I wonder if Pengy realizes it's bad outside, and is happy inside? I do hope so.

I decided to not go to the office today, even though I really should've. I didn't want to handle the streets unless it was absolutely necessary. While I drive a Jetta, and it's german handling is similar to a Mercedes (though not as heavy as one), but if I don't have to drive, I don't want to drive.

Poor guy in the city I work in (about 3 miles from my house, about 5 blocks from my office) had his house collapse. Another man died when his 4WD went off the road into the ocean. The other 4 passengers survived. There are rockslides, mudslides, tree slides (they're falling over right and left), and horrendous numbers of car accidents. It was so bad coming home Friday night that I couldn't see the lane markings on the road. And I don't want to wear heels - traction is bad right now, so it's tennies for me.

Some 200 cars were stranded in the mountains because of an avalance, and then another one closed off the road. Thankfully, everyone was all right; no one got hurt, and all were successfully rescued. I know a lady who was going snowboarding this weekend...and despite several emails and a call, she has not yet responded. She was headed right where the avalanches happened. I'm sure she's fine...but she may be stuck.

We've got one more to get through before we get a break...
http://www.goes.noaa.gov/WCIR3.html
It's the one sitting right off the coast, and will move in tonight. There is the potential of still another one moving in on Wednesday...if you look at the picture, it's the system to the left and mid-page. I stress might, because the jet stream may change, and this one go either south or north of us.

Here's a shot of this half of the globe (top half, the US...)
http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browsc3.html
It really shows the different streams which are pushing these storms to us here.

I have not lost power nor other services yet, but I know a whole lot of homes have.

And I saw a trash can floating down the alley today when I took out the trash. I think it was full...

It's really soggy here....but the good news is, if your roof isn't leaking yet, it probably won't start. And the wind has abated mostly.

Flash Flood Warnings
High Stream/River Warnings
Winter Storm Advisory
Local rain fall total from this series of storms has exceeded 10 inches. And we've had more than we get in a year in just the last 18 days.

Just thought I'd share. I wish I had a fireplace.

Best-
Michele
post #2 of 16
Geez. That's a lot of rain! Glad you're staying dry and safe... how are the cats handling it? Hope you catch a break soon!

Oh and by they way - you drive a Jetta? I'm jealous!
post #3 of 16
Is this the El Nino effect and, if so, does this mean Seattle is getting good weather? I lived in Seattle for a couple of years and heard about something like this...

So sorry you're getting rained in but, hey, aren't you still sick? Shouldn't you be at home anyway?
post #4 of 16
Wow, that's a lot of rain! Stay safe and try not to float away!
post #5 of 16
Yep, I'm tired of the rain too! I'm not looking forward to driving in to work tomorrow.

Seattle had one of these rain storms before us. I talked to my best friend tonight and she still has snow on the ground, about 4 inches. She lives up near the Canadian border. My in-laws live closer to Seattle and they got some snow too. I think most of the West Coast has gotten the rain!
post #6 of 16
I hope things clear up for California
post #7 of 16
I hope the weather clears up very very soon, still thinking of all of you affected~
post #8 of 16
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Edited to add: My fuzzy family members are all fine. Simon's intrigued, and the rest could care less. We haven't had any thunder/lightening today. I haven't seen my outside feral, but she's fine, I'm sure. I put food out during lulls in the storm, but I don't think she's coming for it. I am sure she will soon.

I don't think Seattle is getting a break....but yes, this seems to be an El Nino effect. Somewhat unexpected - I didn't think they had predicted one (or if they had, I missed it.)

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So sorry you're getting rained in but, hey, aren't you still sick? Shouldn't you be at home anyway?
Yes, I'm still sick. Coughing and sniffling a whole lot, but nothing like this time last week. No fever for the last 5 days. As to whether or not I want to go to work, of course I don't...but if I don't, it gets really hairy. I was only gone Wed-Friday this week, and I had 30 messages when I got in on Saturday. 30. Took me more than an hour to retreive them all.

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Oh and by they way - you drive a Jetta? I'm jealous!
Yeppers. I love that car. 5 speed manual transmission = great handling and amazing performance. V6 engine, and I'm just a happy girl. When I dare to open it up (on back roads out in the desert), it hums happily at 100+ mph (remember I go faster than that when I skydive....).

But there's no way in the world I would drive at anything over 35 MPH right now. The freeway "fast" lane (in the center of the freeway, with the grade) is completely flooded. I so wouldn't want to catch a tire (or more) and go careening off things. Nope, that's not so fun.

Anyway, yes, it's nasty here.

Here's a slideshow of the local damage:
http://www.nbc4.tv/slideshow/weather...04/detail.html
And
http://www.nbc4.tv/slideshow/news/40...s;p=news;w=320
And
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/4065415/detail.html
(this is the one near my office)


Not the best photos, but still, enough to show the enormous damage we're dealing with.

Best-
Michele
post #9 of 16
Yea, sounds like us. Although we had a gorgeous day today. Hope you stay dry all you California people!
post #10 of 16
Michele, please stay warm, dry and safe! Stock up on the kitty food too!
post #11 of 16
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Stock up on the kitty food too!
I have - always have far more than a full week's supply on hand (earthquake preparedness, donchaknow...).

And now they're saying we won't see the sun until Wednesday at the earliest...the rain should taper off tonight or tomorrow, though. I really hope so. We need to dry out a little bit before the next series of storms comes galloping in.

Best-
Michele
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by noni
Yeppers. I love that car. 5 speed manual transmission = great handling and amazing performance. V6 engine, and I'm just a happy girl. When I dare to open it up (on back roads out in the desert), it hums happily at 100+ mph (remember I go faster than that when I skydive....)

Shh... you're gonna make me want one even more! I originally wanted a Passat, but the Jetta looks smaller and cuter. Maybe one day I can afford one... til then I'm just gonna have to deal with my falling apart Prizm.

Stay dry!
post #13 of 16
Oh Noni awful to hear that.... go away rain, go!
post #14 of 16
I'm kind of a happy camper right now. I LOVE the rain. At least when it's like the rain, we're having last night and today. The system that was here on Thur/Fri was too cold. But now it's not so cold and it has humidity along with it.

I am noticing a lot of sink holes on the streets, and I'm really trying not to hit any again.
post #15 of 16
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I know what you're saying, Hope. But it's still causing such damage...

I left the office when I saw the second tree of the day hit the river. It was just too much. One came down over some cars, but it had slid down the side of the wash and it turns out that it was just topbranches that covered the cars...they weren't damaged at all. But a 100 foot+ eycalytpus toppled head first into the river, and I figured it was time to go.

Death toll is somewhere over 12...a mudslide took out something like 20 houses in La Conchita, a bit farther north of us. The 101 was closed between Ventura and Santa Barbara...and all the roads from the Valley to the LA basin were closed for quite some time today.

Nope, not good at all....it's nasty out there.

Best-
Michele
post #16 of 16
Michele, remember that Eucalyptus trees have an extremely shallow root system. That's why one fell last year and killed a tourist in perfectly normal weather here in San Diego.

Anyhow, it is a lot of water. We weren't supposed to have our rivers reach flood level till noon today, but they reached it before 8am. They're supposed to crest sometime today or tomorrow and it was pretty dry on the way home from work today, but wetter later on. Can't wait till Wednesday when it clears up.
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