Posted on | January 21, 2010 | 6 Comments
Contrary to forecasts, including the one repeated here, there were neither particularly heavy rains nor gales in Los Angeles yesterday. “I’m sympathetic with a blown forecast,” says Bill Patzert, an oceanographer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
Having carried it, this writer is too, but only to a degree. It gives rain a bad name.
But when wrong news is good news, why gyp? Moreover, there is more good news in a place with such bad zoning that even the best-behaved showers throw the city into chaos.
As reported in The week that was, and repeated here for good measure, last week, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works passed a Low Impact Development Ordinance that will require new construction to retain more rain water on site to reduce flooding caused by over-development. Click here to read about it from Mark Gold.
But the glow at the blog of the President of Heal the Bay was short-lived after normal rainfall yesterday once again triggered flooding, mudslides and mayhem in coastal and foothill communities. To read why, click here.
Elsewhere on the subject of wetness, to the mind of Patzert, nothing about the recent rains enforces predictions that Los Angeles will enjoy a bumper El Nino rainfall year. At just over three inches in January for downtown Los Angeles this morning, we are still below average for the month, he says, though the steady showers falling today seem capable of putting us into normal range. As for the year, we will need to hope for much the same kind of weather / self-imposed disasters in February to reach our average of 14 inches.
For a TreePeople guide to how to capture rainwater on your property, click here.
Update: In the best for last department, here near downtown Los Angeles, at 6:57 pm, we are finally getting some of the bluster predicted for yesterday. See Comments for the remark of someone who argues that the storm packed plenty of wallop yesterday.
This post has been repeatedly updated.