10914This is not sequel to ‘SNOW!?’ from yesterday.

Nor is it a sequel to any of the other brief article about rain in the past.

I just recycled the picture because I still find it to be amusing.

If you are a native of California like I am, and are wondering what ‘rain’ is; I have already explained it sufficiently in previous articles. Basically, it is those unfamiliar droplets of water that fall mysteriously from the sky and get everything wet. Look it up if you must.

The article that I posted earlier this morning was recycled from this time last year, long before I started posting articles here. Our rain has actually been very deficient. It has rained only a few times this season.

We tend to talk about rain often here because it is so important to us. So much of California gets such a limited supply. Although our annual rainfall is technically sufficient, and has been sufficient longer than anyone can remember, there are millions of people living here who need the water that it provides. Fluctuations of weather are normal, but are somewhat distressful for those of us who are aware of how weather affects the water supplies that rely on rainfall. Much of the population of California gets water from surprisingly remote sources that are much more reliable than local sources. However, some regions rely on local aquifers that are sustained by local rainfall.

The ‘mostly’ good news for now is that is it raining presently. Seriously! It is raining; and is expected to continue raining through Saturday.

I say that this is ‘mostly’ good news because so much rain within a short time is likely to be disastrous to areas burned by wildfires just a few months ago. Floods and mudslides could, and are actually expected to cause significant damage near Montecito and in other areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Highway 101 could be closed again.

We just can’t seem to get it right. If we get enough rain, vegetation in wildlands becomes more combustible. If the combustible vegetation burns, the burned area is more susceptible to mudslides and flooding if we get enough rain again in the subsequent season. So, major wildfires, as well as mudslides and floods, are less likely if we do not get enough rain. If we get enough rain, we are more likely to get a messy situation.

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12 thoughts on “RAIN!?

  1. Here in subtropical Queensland, we also experience those extremes of drought, floods and bush fires. It is always good to try and keep things in perspective and retain a sense of humour, which from your articles, I know you do. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Well, I am a native, so I know the risks associated with living here. I know that fire could destroy my home. The area burned back in the 1950s. I also know that an earthquake could do some serious damage, but again, it is part of living here. It is my home. The risks are worth living here.

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  2. All of Montecito is currently under mandatory evacuation again due to the prediction of rain tonight. They’re providing plenty of time for people to leave, and the area will again become an exclusion zone (against the law to be there) after 6 pm. They will keep the 101 open unless there is truly a need to close it (i.e. mud flowing across the road), and close it only when needed. Apparently 1/2 inch an hour is the trigger, and they are expecting up to 2/3 inch/hour tonight. What a mess they have!

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      1. They are almost hopelessly in drought in the Santa Barbara area — Had the Thomas Fire not happened, tonight’s rain would be wonderful news! It’s interesting that one night of fire has such a terrible effect!

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    1. Oh! That sounds bad. It is about the same season there as it was for us when we got our fires. If it is in a nature preserve, will it be allowed to burn naturally, or is it too close to urban areas?

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  3. Thank you for the delightful and informative blogs on rain and snow. Here in southern Ontario it is presently snowing quite heavily, they are talking of accumulations reaching around 5 inches by the time it ends tomorrow. Here we have years when it is way too wet, then years when it is way too dry for too long. We are fortunate though in that we don’t ever have the threat from fires, flooding or earthquakes though those living in the river valleys worry about the water.

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