Thanks. We usually have cloud cover through most of December here, too, but there've been several clear nights this year.
I don't know if the kitty would want his view blocked by a blanket. He's a very skittish cat, and I think one of the reasons he likes that chair is because it allows him a clear view in every direction. He's frequently awakening during his naps and checking out the surrounding territory before going back to sleep.
Flooding has long been one of L.A.s' worst problems. Before the construction of the current flood control systems, vast sections of the Los Angeles Basin would become temporary lakes during major storms. One of L.A.'s worst disasters ever was the New Year's Day flood of 1934
, memorialized by Woody Guthrie in a well-known song. The exact number of fatalities caused by this flood is not known, but is comparable to the number killed by the Long Beach earthquake
the year before.
A 19th century visitor describe Los Angeles as a place where the rivers ran underground for eleven months out of the year and through the streets the other month. Goatloads of money have been spent on flood control for Los Angeles, both by local authorities and the Army Corps of Engineers. This has paid for such projects as Sepulveda Basin
, Santa Fe Dam
, the Whittier Narrows Project
, and Hansen Dam
. And, of course, there's the famous paving of the Los Angeles River
Even with all that, parts of town can still be flooded during heavy storms, and a 1000-year flood, in which much of the flood control system would most likely fail, could probably destroy as many houses in Los Angeles as Katrina did in New Orleans.