Winter Weather in SoCal

Beach ClosedThere’s another system on its way. And LA Times is pegging a “major winter storm.”

rain is expected to be heavy throughout today and last into Tuesday. Winds could gust up to 60 mph in the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Clarita Valley, and up to 75 mph in the San Gabriels.

Weather in SoCal is always great since we are always in a drought. You could blame La Nina for that one though. But, if this storm is as severe as the LA Times makes it out to be, then here’s what you can expect in the aftermath:

> Closed beaches – All those spray painted signs on the storm drains across town tell us that it leads directly to the ocean aren’t made up after all. Storm runoff poses a serious problem to the local beaches after a storm. Chemicals from cars, dumped oil or pollutant, cigarette filters, etc. all make for poor water. And that’s not including human waste or increased bacteria levels.

> Mudslides – If we get a good storms to pass the mountains, it means water, growth, and increased plant life. But it being Southern California and all, and with the weather normally being dry and hot, these once blooming plants dry out in time for fire season. Should by chance we get an arsonist or a random lightning strike during a bad Santa Ana wind event, then these dried out areas are going to burn. Once the burning stops, and the winter storm come our way, then all houses in the foothills below the burn areas normally get a visitor in the form of tons of mud crashing down upon it.

> Destroyed houses due to landslides/mudslides – Your million dollar house perched up on the mountain with great views happens to survive the worst fire in recorded history. But after a couple of heavy storms pass, the soil isn’t able to effectively absorb all that water. What happens next? Your monumental achievement comes crashing down with the soil. Oh, and on top of that, we all get to watch.

But it’s not all bad. After all, we get snow in the local mountains! Also, the storm helps alleviate our drought situation; which pretty much means we can run our sprinklers on at noon if we wanted to.

For most of the days out of the year, LA has no weather other than sun and heat. This is something we’re accustomed to. But when the news reports a “major winter storm” in its headline, we’d better listen up and prepare for the aftermath.

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