It's known for the beaches because hot and sunny weather all around. Well, almost all year.
This week we are having three storms predicted. And the first one on Tuesday went out with a bang.
Oceanside, close to San Diego, and about 45 min. away from where I live, was hit with an honest to goodness tornado. Trees uprooted and piled on top of cars, cars turned over, parts of roofs ripped off. It sounds like a tornado, doesn't it? These poor people - it "never" happens in California, so who expects it??
A bit more in the expectation range is that houses are flooded. Hubby who went to have the car fixed, saw on the news there of a neighborhood that was flooded. The police went from door to door, because people couldn't get out of their houses. One house was dry inside, but when they opened the front door because the police rang the doorbell, the water came rushing in, and now their house is flooded too (Oh, the ultimate of frustration!!)
This "lake" is the flooded parking lot!
You can see the stripes where the cars have to park. Our own story is that yesterday hubby was driving through a flooded area with a Sprinter truck (so it's high off the ground). The wind was so strong that it blew the water from underneath the wheels all the way up and sprayed the window.
He said that it was scary (and he is one who drives without snow tires in the snow like the Northerners), because he couldn't see anything for a few minutes and cars were driving behind him (you know that everyone tailgates here-
(for people outside the US: tailgate means that one rides almost on the tail of the car in front of you -very dangerous when you're going 50 miles an hour or higher).
The sprinter in better times (weather).
What I don't understand is that we are having these flash floods every year. And every year we go through the same thing. Hasn't anyone in the city water department thought on devising a system for more speedy run-off of water in the streets?
The green chimes on the left
The joy of rain is the fresh smell outside, and I enjoy the wind now too, because we gave ourselves a present for the new condo when our previous house was sold the week before Thanksgiving: chimes. The tubes range from 24 to 30 inches, and has a beautiful range of tones when the wind is blowing.