The K-rails and sandbags are in place.
The rains are coming ashore along with the winds.
Three storms in sucession with 4"-8" rain at the beach, double or
triple that in the burn areas.
Mud slides are expected.
People are packed, ready to evacuate if required.
From the sounds of it, it's going to be quite a ride.
To the best of my knowledge, Abby is still in port.
The rains got here, about 2" outside my window, other places more.
The mud slides have started.
One guy had 7 ft of mud that slid into his back yard which he needs to
get out before next rain tomorrow lest he finds the whole house under
mud from the next rain.
Estimate 25 dump truck loads will do it.
Have no clue where they will haul it.
2nd storm comes in on Tuesday.
"Lew Hodgett" wrote:
On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:03:16 -0800, the infamous "Lew Hodgett"
We were supposed to be hit by those up here but so far, it has been
less than 1/4 inch. Just a few very minor sprinkles have hit so far
today. I heard the wind gust twice yesterday, maybe 12 knots, not the
43mph gusts they predicted for us. Don't get me wrong: I'm -glad- it
hasn't hit us...yet.
My buddy in LoCal said that the Homey Despots and Blowes are all out
of sandbags. I told him if worse comes to worst, he and his wife can
just jump into his C-Dory in the side yard and either tether there or
float safely out to sea until the storms stop.
Good luck, guys. Now's a good time to start practicing holding your
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
Well it has been an interesting day here in SoCal, my adopted home.
What was expected to be a light rain today turned out to be more like
a cow taking dead aim on a flat rock.
Take your choice:
Snow in the mountains.
15-20 ft waves at the beach
Mud slides in the foothills.
Would you believe tornadoes(waterspouts) at the beach which tore a
marina apart as well as typical housing damage.
A 40 ft catamaran was picked up about 50 ft, flipped around, and
dropped a few slips down.
Tornadoes are definitely not normal for SoCal; however, waterspouts
are another thing.
Not sure what this will end up be classified, but flipped cars were
part of their legacy.
Streets flooded with 3-4 ft of water.
Mandatory evacuation by 9:00AM tomorrow in the mudslide areas.
Estimated the will not be allowed until next Monday.
It sucks but it beats being dead.
More rain forecast for tomorrow which is expected to be heavier than
Hang on, it's going to be quite a sleigh ride.
"Lew Hodgett" wrote:
We've been getting hammered in the SF Bay Area as well.
LIghtning is a rare thing here, but this storm has produced
some pretty nice booms and rolling thunder that lasts
10 or 15 seconds. Winds gust, but nothing in the 50-60 mph
range - yet.
We don't get much "weather" in the Bay Area. But when we
do - it's a doozy - exaggerated by its rareness. Drivers
don't seem to understand that when the road conditions
change, so should their driving mode change. Accidents
everywhere - and people still don't slow down. Calfornia
drivers seem to believe that driving at 70 mph - is a
I hear ya. I spoke to my son who lives in SF near Candlestick Park. He
said a crash of thunder woke him up around 3am the other night. He rides
mass transit so does not have to deal with the idiots on the road. Down
here in San Diego, they drive like maniacs regardless of the road
conditions. I try to stay off the freeways when it rains down here.
We are getting heavy rains. Finally, washing away the road salt and
the lawns are greening up. When I lived in LA, when it started to
rain after months of drought, the roads would be initially very slick
with engine oil. I'll take January over July-August any day. Rainy
days are good days for woodworking anyway.
Well were are ending the 3rd day of our little dance with the weather,
and it has finally stopped raining outside our window with a little
over 2" in the gage for today and 5" of rain in the gage since Monday
when this all started.
The ground is totally saturated so the rains just drain to the ocean.
If there was only a way to capture this water and store it for future
It could help solve a lot of problems.
Sit tight, another storm is on the way tomorrow, but we are expected
to be clear by Saturday.
This is the 4th day, but we're gaining on it, I think.
Another 3/4" in the rain gage outside my window, headed toward 6" in
the gage since Monday.
Here on the left coast, take your pick, S/D, L/A or S/F, they are all
Saturday is coming.
On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:26:41 -0700, the infamous Mark & Juanita
We finally got some of that rain up her in SoOr. About half an inch
from last night on, steady and fairly light, as usual. I like it like
We either make ourselves happy or miserable.
The amount of work is the same.
-Carlos Castaneda, mystic and author (1925-1998)
This is day 5 of our dance with the rain drops.
Continued to rain from very early morning until late afternoon when a
cold front arrived.
Apparently the rain has moved out headed for points east after leaving
another 3/4" in the gage outside my window.
Ended up with about 6-1/2" of rain since Monday.
Weather Forecast called for between 4"-8" depending on location so
have to give credit where credit is due.
Expect to have a dry weekend but more rain expected next week.
After all it's winter.
Interesting report about Palm Springs.
Aveage annual rainfall is about 5", so far they have 4-1/2" from this
All points east best keep the hatches battened down, this bad boy is
headed your way.
Hope they find the boy in AZ.
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