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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wet Christmas

The good news is we've had enough rain this year that it starts to feel like our long drought is coming to an end. The bad news is, don't get cocky.

The good news is, there's free water coming out of the sky, along with the opportunity to use it wisely. The bad new is, there was a big fire in the mountains last year (you may remember), and we've got flash flood warnings through tonight for the burn areas. If you live in those areas, the Los Angeles Times says not to park your car in the street.

The good news is, this is normal winter weather for southern California. If you've been here only a few short years you might not think so, but that's because you've known only drought. This is more like it. Good news.

Boz hates it. You'd think a half boxer/half mastiff or whatever he is wouldn't be such a pansy, but a little rain comes along and it's time to start thinking about doggy Prozac. We don't give him anti-depressants. Good news/bad news.

If you need information about road closures, flash floods, etc. you will always find it at Altadenablog.

33 comments:

ben wideman said...

Beautiful shot, Petrea. Captures the season perfectly!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I like the rain. For now. Ask me again on Wednesday. lol!

My WV is: ashess - appropriate with the fires, wouldn't you say?

Shell Sherree said...

Oh, that's a magical shot, Petrea! We're still having deluges here, so I can relate. A soggy Christmas is a distinct possibility. I hope yours dries soon for poor Boz.

Dina said...

Free water, that's a nice idea.
Your photo gives a whole new meaning to "drop lights."
You make me realize that I, living in the Jerusalem area only since 2006, know only the drought and not what is/was normal winter.

Be well, old Boz.

Mister Earl said...

Love the photo.

"Wow, this is really a long one," she said, pointing to the rain.

Can't remember when it's rained nonstop for this long.

Irina said...

So beautiful.
Good news is the weather is normal (like 10years, not 3 years ago) here too. Really soo good news. Last years Hawaii skies over Moscow (instead of our normal gray sky) frightened me.

Joanne said...

Even the raindrops are festive, what sparkle they add :)

Petrea said...

I think I remember several days of rain within the last five years, but it might have been five years ago, Mister Earl.

It's interesting to hear similar stories from as far afield as Brisbane, Jerusalem and Moscow. Is this climate change not global? We must do whatever we can to protect ourselves and our fellow humans from future drought.

For now, yes, it's festive! Let's celebrate it!

(J.J., I missed you, it's good to have you back.)

Linda Dove said...

Nice photo!

Petrea said...

Thanks, Linda!

Adding more Christmas cheer as it comes in. Here's an irrepressible one from the irrepressible Speedway!
Carol of the Belts

J+P said...

"Where the treetops glisten …"

Vanda said...

I take this weather as an opportunity - to stay indoors, drink hot tea and cocoa, watch old movies. It's like being give permission to be a sloth.

Pretty picture, btw.

Susan Campisi said...

An apropos song (rain, not Christmas):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpGMY4bEhqo&feature=related

Petrea said...

Right now the treetops are sagging with moisture, and glad of it.

Thanks, Vanda. And a lovely day to stay inside. I have an errand or two, but I'll keep them short.

Fantastic song, Susan. Loudon Wainwright, spot-on about LA in the rain.

My favorite rain song is and will always be The Rain Song.

Susan Campisi said...

Gotta love Led Zeppelin.

That's a lovely photo, by the way.

Katie said...

Perfect CA holiday photo. We definitely need the rain and I'm glad for the excuse to stay inside. Thanks for the Rain Song; I need to purchase that and listen to it all winter. And what a hoot to watch carol of the belts!

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shot!!! One thing about Mother Nature, she's got a mind of her own!!!

Love the Carol of the Belts...a good belly laugh!!!

Cafe Observer said...

I Like your choice of music theme today, PDP. And SC's contribution from one of the Wainwright clan was special.

Steven said...

I'm hoping the rain and clouds clear off by New Years Day for the Grand Tournament of Roses Parade.

TheChieftess said...

Never fear Steve...for as far back as I can remember (and that's a hefty amount of years!), it's only rained a couple of times on New Year's Day in the city of Roses!!!

Amy said...

I am in love with this rain and your photo.

Lori Webster said...

Gorgeous photo, Petrea! Pepe doesn't like the rain, either, so it's been a bit difficult for him as well. Hope it at least lets up for a time so the poor pups can get a walk in.

J.J. in L.A. said...

It's good to be back. Lots going on...which can be good and bad. lol!

My WV: angsts. Appropriate again. Your captcha thingie is funny!

Petrea said...

It's just nonstop! Good stuff, we need it. I got my errands done and now it would be lovely to have a fire in the fireplace. I'll settle for hot chocolate.

I remember one relatively recent Tournament of Roses Parade (help me out, what year was it?) when it was not only raining but FREEZING. This would be preferable as it's not too cold out. But let's hope for sunshine.

Karen said...

A strikingly beautiful shot, P.

When I was a kid in SoCal, it wasn't unusual to have two weeks solid of rain over the holidays or in Jan or March.

We called it our monsoon season. I'll never forget the year the relatives from back East had rain their entire vacation! They finally decamped to Palm Springs, only to find it colder there than it was in L.A.!

Bellis said...

The JPL weather guy, Bill Patzert, who predicted a La Nina, now thinks this looks like an El Nino. Your photo sums up how I feel today - soggy and gray. My kids fly out midweek from snowy London, if Heathrow ever opens again, and I so wanted them to have wonderful sunshine and warmth. Hopefully, it'll change back to that soon.

Petrea said...

Thanks, Karen. I'm so gratified when people like the photo.

Bellis, I heard horror stories about travel in Europe today--Heathrow especially. I hope your family gets a flight!

Ms M said...

Nice photo! And good to be blessed with rain after a drought.

Trish said...

it is amazing how many "water dogs" are afraid of the stuff that falls from the sky. And yet like the Shih Tzu we're taking care of at the moment, she'll chase water when it comes out of a hose or bib...huh? If the rain keeps up tell Mr Pansy he'll get himself a raincoat...then see how embarrassing THAT is! ;-)

And it FREQUENTLY rains AROUND The Parade, but infrequently ON it. I believe from ~1955-2005 it was free of water ON it...2006 was a disaster. Those who live in the LA Basin often used to pray for rain or snow---in an effort to keep the folks watching The Parade or The Game from moving out here (beautiful 70F day, as it would guarantee a few more 10k people moving to CA the next year).

Am happy to have the rain, but I'd prefer, like our warm weather, to have it a little more temperate and spread out!

Jane Neff Rollins said...

I love how you used depth of field to capture the essence of the light against the wooden fence. Masterful!

Petrea said...

Thank you, Jane!

Virginia said...

DAMN, I love love love this one P. You're all artsy fartsy here you know. :)
Smooches to you , J, B,
V

PS My Christmas wish is that I will be seeing you and tha gang very soon. Like early March. I can't wait. What are we going to get into besides that fine Getty Museum??

Petrea said...

Smooches back atchya, V. We can get into all the trouble you want to when you're here. Come on.