Middle of June


It is only mid-June but already the extreme heat has landed in Southern California. Every week there is another "record breaking" temperature in thousands of places, not only here but around the world. To an older Angeleno, June once meant days of haze, overcast and cloudy. The Pacific Ocean was cooler, even cold. The truly…

They Had Promised Rain.


They had promised rain. We were going to be drenched, drowned, and flooded. The clouds would stay overhead for months, and there would be endless days of mudslides, dark clouds and gray skies. They had promised rain, clearly, and said it in English, many times; the word was rain, but there was so much of…

There are no sudden storms in the Southland.


There are no sudden storms in the Southland. They are slow, and anticipated for many days before arrival. The rains of Los Angeles are not the violent and fast moving ones from my youth in Illinois. They come from San Francisco, imported and exotic, served only in winter. They travel, as if on a slow…

Los Angeles, Oregon.


Los Angeles is not, by nature, an introverted, bundled up, snuggly, gray, rainy city. But this year, the rains came early. And we have had several weeks of storms, cold nights, blustery evenings. And sparkling days with intermittent showers and drizzles, puddles and frost. Nearby, up in the mountains, the nights are much colder and…

Meteorological Melodrama.


The cold front, pounding rain and dark clouds that swept through Los Angeles this past weekend painted the sky with intense color. And a rare, invigorating chill gripped the Southland; quite appropriate for the end of daylight savings time.