Uh, This Is California, Not Kansas

[ 13 ] January 20, 2010 |
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Tornado Good news: We are finally getting the rain we so desperately need. And our local mountains get lots of  real snow.

Bad news: It’s an El Nino year. That means rain, rain and more rain. It also means flooding and mudslides…both of which are made 100 times worse because we are brush fire central and all those areas that burned during the Summer and Fall have no foliage to hold the hillsides up. Oh and huge surf. The kind that creates waves the die hard surfers want to ride, no matter the danger.

So BIG mudslides. And floods. And all sorts of other fun stuff…


In Southern California.

In January.

Yeah, my point exactly.

I have always been fascinated with tornadoes and have wanted to be a storm chaser for many years. {It’s a well established fact that I’m nuts, so this should come as no surprise to anyone 😛 } However, if I was a storm chaser, I would be prepared for a tornado. And I would be in, say, Kansas or some other Tornado Alley state, NOT California. In January. Oh, and I would have all those cool gadgets and a roaming Doppler Radar vehicle. And there would be people with me who knew what the hell they were doing and could get me out of harm’s way while still getting data and great film of said tornadoes.

But, nooo, it’s happening in California. I can’t even get in the car to go chase them because A) I have a sedan and we all know you need an SUV or a big truck with 4-wheel drive to properly chase a tornado and B) The Diva is sick. And I don’t have a babysitter. Ah, someday I will take one of those storm chaser vacations. And I will have a blast.

Flooding In IE This is a picture of some of the flooding that occurred in my county. We have two more storms on the way. This is what happens with El Nino…or as some people call it, The Pineapple Express…three or four storms line up one behind the other, come into this area like they are on a conveyor belt and we get slammed. Don’t worry, my Mid-West and East Coast friends, the jet stream will bring them your way next week. 🙂

El Niño (l nny)

A warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring every 4 to 12 years and causing unusual global weather patterns. An El Niño is said to occur when the trade winds that usually push warm surface water westward weaken, allowing the warm water to pool as far eastward as the western coast of South America. When this happens, the typical pattern of coastal upwelling that carries nutrients from the cold depths to the ocean surface is disrupted, and fish and plankton die off in large numbers. El Niño warming is associated with the atmospheric phenomenon known as the southern oscillation, and their combined effect brings heavy rain to western South American and drought to eastern Australia and Indonesia. El Niño also affects the weather in the United States, but not as predictably. Compare La Nina.

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  1. Louise says:

    That’s interesting. We’re having Spring in January in WA. We never have Spring. We usually have a terribly long winter with cold rain and no sun when the sun comes out it’s frigid, lately we’ve had warm rain and spring days in the sun. I love it, but it is very odd

  2. Well, I don’t live in Tornado Alley either, but Connecticut had a really bad tornado last year. Luckily nobody got killed, but it destroyed many historic trees and homes.

  3. really interesting hope it doesnt get to bad.

  4. Brandy says:

    I haven’t ever seen a tornado but that rain looks like it’s rough. Even if much needed it’s deep!!! I can’t believe you would chase the tornado .. you are awesome! I most certainly wouldn’t .. I am too much of a chicken! LOL

  5. Rhea says:

    Oh, I think it’s exciting!! Here in SoCal we don’t get “good” weather, I like it! I’ll come pick you up in my truck and we’ll chase it! 🙂 :)~

  6. Faythe says:

    I live in tornado alley! and hate it, a big fear… and we had 2 hit our yard & a microburst go through that did mucho damage all over the township & 2 near small cities. flattened all the trees on one rural road!!
    buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy & wet ride!!

  7. Brandy says:

    Yeah the whole tornado business is the ONLY reason I dislike spring/summer in Illinois … okay that and the heat. I hope the storms calm down for you guys. I know we got hit with freezing rain today so blah lol.

  8. Victoria says:

    I hope you’re OK Shan, with the flooding and everything! I can’t believe you LIKE tornadoes, though, I hate them! I am so scared of tornadoes, it’s crazyy!

  9. Jeannie says:

    It’s raining now. It’s pretty much been raining, cold, overcast and depressing for about a year now. I so hate Georgia already!!!!

    Stay dry, or at least keep your head above water!!

    Wow, you have a ton of ads on here now! I hope you make a bundle!!
    .-= Jeannie´s last blog ..De-Stress Thursday =-.

  10. HenriettaN says:

    I SO hate Tornado season! We don’t live in tornado alley but seems like we constantly have warnings in the spring/summer here in NW PA! I am deathly scared of them, the last one that did major damage was in 1985 it was right around the corner from our house and I will never forget going there afterward with my dad to help clean up! Living in a mobile home SUCKS butt in tornado season!
    Stay safe Shan!
    .-= HenriettaN´s last blog ..Pie’s a finalist in the Strong & Happy Drawing Contest! Please Vote! =-.

  11. I remember the last El Nino, it was WET! And all the flooding and people freaking out driving and oh did I mention wet?! My husband’s mom lost her house in Laguna Niguel to a mudslide…it fell literally on top of their house. Thankfully they got out first.

    Stay dry and safe and no chasing down a thunder storms mama! 🙂

    .-= Sarah, Ohana Mama´s last blog ..Saying Aloha =-.

    • Shan says:

      A couple years ago, we watched the hillside in Laguna (I think) just fall out from under some houses. We hadn’t had hardly any rain at all (we’ve been in a drought for forever) and still the hillside just fell away. I’m glad your MIL was safe. Sucks about the house.

      Oh and all this is coming from your spot in the South Pacific, or thereabouts, hence PINEAPPLE express. 😛 How I wish for the mild rains of Hawaii that dry before you are even wet! I miss the islands so much!

  12. scary no matter what way you think about it. HOPE you stay save and the water recedes soon. Water damage is the worst

    ps. luv your site makeover you switched to .com right…let me make sure Im still a follower
    .-= Night Owl Mama´s last blog ..Kalahari Wisconsin Dells: Traveling With Children (Part 1) =-.

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