||[Feb. 6th, 2015|10:15 pm]
Going shopping this afternoon did get me a bit damp, but it was worth it. The sheets of rain, the wisps of low clouds drifting about, the swaying pine trees, the wet streets reflecting the lights of the herds of cars coming up from the valley, were all a delight to see. Because of the rain the stores were not as crowded as they usually are on Friday either, so that was a bonus. Safeway was still out of a couple of things I was after, though, so a lot of people must have done their shopping early in the day, before the rain grew fierce. |
Right now there is a lull in the rain, but there have been some strong gusts of wind, so I won't keep the computer on for long. The ground is surely soggy now, and all it takes is one tree being blown onto a power line for a whole section of town to go dark. Thankfully there's been no thunder and lightning so far. The rain will undoubtedly be coming back later tonight, and is apt to continue off and on through Monday, with more intense rain on Sunday.
One of the astonishing sights today was the amount of brown water flowing through the roadside ditches, and the stream in the nearest arroyo, a mere trickle for the last month, was almost up to its banks. The rivers in the valley are getting close to flood stage, and if any of the next few days get as wet as today was there might be some flooding. Too bad most of it will end up running off into the ocean. The snow level remains much too high to provide useful snowpack, and there's no sign of it getting much lower. In the midst of the flood, the drought is still on.