I promise pictures from my trip as soon as I manage to figure out how to get them off the discs from the movie camera. Such things are sometimes a tad over my technology skill level....
In the meantime, I refer you to:
She's one of my favorite bloggers.....has a new book coming out very soon, and she shares my opinion of the frank sensationalism which accompanies a mere 1/4 of a inch of rain around here.... Go, read it. I'll wait. When you're done giggling....I'll still be here.
Now, for the weather report (from Weather.com, peoples....this is serious stuff):
Special Weather Statement
ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-SAN DIEGO COUNTY COASTAL AREAS- SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE- SAN DIEGO COUNTY VALLEYS-SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS- RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS- SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS- SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-APPLE AND LUCERNE VALLEYS- COACHELLA VALLEY-SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS- 430 AM PDT THU SEP 20 2007
...STRONG SEPTEMBER STORM FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...
A STRONG PACIFIC STORM FOR SEPTEMBER IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE FRIDAY AND EARLY SATURDAY.
THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE WEATHER RARELY SEEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN SEPTEMBER. A DEEP MARINE LAYER WILL CAUSE SCATTERED LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS OR DRIZZLE TODAY. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WITH THE PASSAGE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT.
RAINFALL TOTALS WILL BE QUITE VARIABLE DUE TO THE SHOWERY NATURE OF THE RAIN. PRELIMINARY RAINFALL ESTIMATES ARE FOR ABOUT A QUARTER TO HALF AN INCH NEAR THE COAST TO ONE INCH ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES AND FOOTHILLS WITH UP TO A QUARTER INCH IN THE DESERTS. THERE COULD BE LOCAL LARGER AMOUNTS OF ONE AND A HALF TO TWO AND A HALF INCHES ON THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST FACING MOUNTAIN SLOPES OR IN CONVECTION. ANY SIGNIFICANT RAIN WILL BRING THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOW IN AND BELOW RECENT BURN AREAS.
THE COLD AIR ALOFT WILL CAUSE ENOUGH INSTABILITY FOR A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL LOWER TO NEAR 6000 FEET LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. LOCAL STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL PRECEDE AND ACCOMPANY THIS STORM... MAINLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF WATERSPOUTS OVER THE COASTAL WATERS AND FUNNEL CLOUDS OR EVEN A TORNADO.
SHOWERS WILL TAPER OFF SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS THE STORM MOVES NORTHEAST. PEOPLE SHOULD STAY INFORMED ON THIS DEVELOPING STORM.
Sigh. Yes, we are crazy here in SoCal. And while I feel a little embarrassed about all the hoopla over a tiny bit of unseasonal dampness from the sky, when other folks have dealt with things like....you know....KATRINA!.....like Crazy Aunt Purl, I do love it here. I'm about to enter my favorite season ....the heat is almost gone and the flower planting will commence. Cool temps will make my daily walks a breeze. What's not to like?
I'm off to try to convince Technically Savvy Oldest Daughter to help me get pix off discs.....