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I'm still in Santa Barbara. I'll be heading home today. It began raining just before lunchtime yesterday and has not let up. Today the weather experts (?) are predicting massive thunder and lightening in Santa Barbara in addition to intense rain. In fact, Southern California as a whole is expected to get a week straight of rain due to El Nino conditions. The media is predicting an epic storm.
Why is this such a big deal?
We aren't equipped to deal with even moderate amounts of weather. We just aren't. People here don't know how to drive in the rain. Houses slide off hills, mudslides bury homes … most of Southern California is not built for rain.
I'm not looking forward to the drive home. I imagine it will take me at least twice as long as normal. It will require a lot of caution and patience on my part.
On the other hand, I don't regret this trip up the coast. I knew when I came to Santa Barbara, rain was likely for my return trip. (I even replaced the bald tires on my car before I left as a safety precaution.)
I love the beach in all seasons. In fact, I find the coastline mesmerizing in the winter. There's something absolutely haunting about the ocean in a storm.