Monday, January 18, 2010

Woohoo! El Nino has arrived, and with a vengeance

The rain started trickling in late yesterday afternoon and continued steadily through the night and into the morning hours.  By noon, the wind began gusting maybe 40+ mph, blowing the pounding rain in at a horizontal angle.  It got so bad that the ceiling of our library actually sprung a leak and I had to put a bucket and towels underneath to catch the drips.

Around 5pm, the rain finally let up and we are now in a temporary lull. The forecast, however, shows at least a couple more storms on the way. I wouldn't be surprised if we got over 4 inches of total rainfall up here on the plateau just from this first storm.

If I had any doubts about the prospects of an El Nino before, well I don't anymore. We definitely need the rain, but this deluge must be very worrisome for those folks living in the burn areas. I pray that they will be safe and their homes spared from mudslides.

1/18/10 Hana, wondering where all her frenemies are hiding out in the pouring rain

1/18/10 Around 2:30pm, water coming down on the library window from the upstairs balcony

1/18/10 4pm, herb garden is flooded


  1. Hello Arleen,

    The rain has started for us as well. Like you, we desperately need the rain and it will be interesting to see how my garden fares. BTW, I am also 44 and I grew up in LA. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. Hi Noelle!
    I read your latest blog posting today and can see that you have no shortage of rain in your neck of the woods either. Indeed, the aftermath of a downpour in the desert is beyond cool.

    I must confess, I have a special fondness for desert plants, palettes, and landscapes because my husband and I are (almost) certifiable desert rats, having spent many a happy time hiking and camping at Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, and the Eastern Mojave.

    Two years ago, I even set aside a small area on my property for a "desert garden" but it's been hit and miss due to the amount of rainfall we get here in Murrieta.

    But, I won't give up and will continue to be inspired by your blog and beautiful photos!