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A DISAPPOINTING DOWNPOUR
Here come the monsoon clouds.
The area of Southern California in which we live, officially receives an average of 10 inches of rain a year. This means we are geographically designated as a desert climate, but thanks to the Colorado River which is piped across the desert to our coastal and inland valleys we are able to have water to live, and live comfortably
From April to October we usually get no rain at all. However, once in a while the weather does something unusual. Instead of coming from the northwest, it decides to come up from Mexico and the southeast. We call this monsoon weather. It is then that we get rain in the middle of summer -- July or August and sometimes a lot of it.
This year we are particularly glad to succumb to the monsoon because we are now in our fourth year of drought. When we saw the monsoon thunderstorms spill over the eastern mountains towards the coast we were so excited. We have had less than three inches of rain so far this year.
But all we got was about three one hundreds of an inch. Other places not far away received far more than they wanted. There were flash floods and mud slides all around our immediate area.
But all we got was just enough to make the roads wet. We did hear a few rolls of thunder and Scruffy slunk off to the back of his kitti-litter cupboard and couldn't be coaxed out.
The first rain for us is like the first snow to the kids in the northern regions of the U.S. So exciting!
But we were destined to be disappointed.
Ah well, Moth will be back to watering the flower pots by hand again. Water rationing has begun, so no hoses and limited use on a daily basis.
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