Grrr. I put my head down for what was supposed to be a brief nap, and ended up sleeping almost the entire day. Not sure why I’m so tired – stress, maybe. In the last 24 hours I’ve managed to sleep for 21 of them. Ouch.
In the few hours I was awake, we had more electrical activity (mostly distant rumblings, although that could have been the teryaki chicken we had the night before) and more torrential rain.
The official reports say between 2-3 inches an hour fell at times (forecast was for 1.5). Contrast that with the normal average total for the entire month of January (2.6 – not much different from that for Oxford, England) and for the entire year (11.5 – but for the UK it’s closer to 26 (well, Los Angeles is located in a desert after all)), and you can see that we’ve been hammered.
But we’ll still be on water rationing after this series of storms. Most of the water here is surface run-off that’s collected by the various storm drain systems and channeled into the LA River (a concrete channel that helps redirect excess water to the Pacific Ocean), so we don’t really see much real benefit. We basically get about 30 days of heavy rain spread over about two months, a couple of months of being overcast on various days, and the rest of the time it’s sunshine (but hot, which makes it unpleasant to be outside).
When you consider that we’re slap-bang next door to a whacking great ocean, you’d think there would be a bunch of desalination plants situated along the coast, but there aren’t. I heard rumors/rumours of a mothballed plant that’s intended for use in emergencies, primarily to create drinking water for children, but other than that, there’s nothing.
We get most of our water from outside the area (either from the snowpack up in the various mountains, or – mostly, apparently – from the Colorado River; that source is being seriously over-tapped and we’re going to have to make do with less of it in future, which is why we’re on year-round water rationing).
You have to wonder sometimes at the decision-making processes that go on over here…