My joy over the rain dimmed markedly when details came in on the mudslides in Santa Barbara County, still struggling to recover from the devastating effects of the Thomas Fire, now classified as the worst in California's recorded history. At least 15 people were killed by mudslides there that swamped houses, throwing some off their foundations, and burying everything in their paths. Two dozen people are still missing and dozens more were injured. Mudslides are a fact of life in California following major wildfires but it's easy to underestimate their force. Santa Barbara County issued a mandatory evacuation order for 7000 people but many ignored it. Following a year of heartbreaking natural disasters, here's another one. Mother Nature can be brutal.
The rain here wasn't nearly as heavy or intense as it was to the north of us. Our roof-top weather station recorded just over an inch of rain over a 2-day period. Most of it came down slowly. Late afternoon sunshine on both Monday and Tuesday produced rainbows.
|This rainbow appeared over the Los Angeles Harbor late Monday afternoon|
|On Tuesday, the rainbow sat closer to Angel's Gate, the spot through which ships enter and exit the harbor. A cruise ship, the Island Princess, sat in port (left) awaiting departure.|
I wondered if I could catch the cruise ship leaving port with the rainbow shining over it but Mother Nature and the Island Princess did not conspire to make that happen as I stood there shivering and snapping more photos.
There's another chance of light rain 8 days from now and several more opportunities in the long-term forecast over the next 2 months but it doesn't look like like we'll have the kind of rain we had last year, which is probably fortunate for the burn areas. In my own case, everything is thoroughly soaked and the irrigation system is off. I estimate I've accumulated a little over 320 gallons of rainwater among my 3 barrels too. That will do for now.
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