An “Epic” Storm

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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.

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33 Responses to “An “Epic” Storm”

  1. Deidre

    While driving in storms isn’t fun, being somewhere warm and safe is!
    The weather has been weird in Melbourne too…it rained the first day of the Australian Open – Unprecedented!

  2. Deidre

    While driving in storms isn’t fun, being somewhere warm and safe is!
    The weather has been weird in Melbourne too…it rained the first day of the Australian Open – Unprecedented!

  3. Deidre

    While driving in storms isn’t fun, being somewhere warm and safe is!
    The weather has been weird in Melbourne too…it rained the first day of the Australian Open – Unprecedented!

  4. Jan

    Nice shot! I envy you your beach – no one wants to buy photos of baked beans. LOL
    People aren’t used to “weather” in parts of Texas, either, so I know what you mean about the whole driving thing. Please be careful going home!

  5. Jan

    Nice shot! I envy you your beach – no one wants to buy photos of baked beans. LOL
    People aren’t used to “weather” in parts of Texas, either, so I know what you mean about the whole driving thing. Please be careful going home!

  6. Jan

    Nice shot! I envy you your beach – no one wants to buy photos of baked beans. LOL
    People aren’t used to “weather” in parts of Texas, either, so I know what you mean about the whole driving thing. Please be careful going home!

  7. vodkamom

    just don’t try a three point turn in a muddy driveway. okay??

  8. vodkamom

    just don’t try a three point turn in a muddy driveway. okay??

  9. vodkamom

    just don’t try a three point turn in a muddy driveway. okay??

  10. Mo

    When you say houses slide off hills do you mean that is a frequent thing?!

  11. Mo

    When you say houses slide off hills do you mean that is a frequent thing?!

  12. Mo

    When you say houses slide off hills do you mean that is a frequent thing?!

  13. di

    I enjoy a good storm now and then too. We had so much rain last year, it went on for weeks and weeks which made me wonder if it would ever end. But, a day here and there with rain is really nice. Sissy lives in Templeton and they are expecting a week or two of rain. It’s hard on her animals.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  14. di

    I enjoy a good storm now and then too. We had so much rain last year, it went on for weeks and weeks which made me wonder if it would ever end. But, a day here and there with rain is really nice. Sissy lives in Templeton and they are expecting a week or two of rain. It’s hard on her animals.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  15. di

    I enjoy a good storm now and then too. We had so much rain last year, it went on for weeks and weeks which made me wonder if it would ever end. But, a day here and there with rain is really nice. Sissy lives in Templeton and they are expecting a week or two of rain. It’s hard on her animals.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  16. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Amazing shot under the dock there.
    Living at the beach, it is a totally different place in the winter. The shells that wash up are different, the tides shape the shore differently. I really love it.
    Be careful today and get home safely!

  17. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Amazing shot under the dock there.
    Living at the beach, it is a totally different place in the winter. The shells that wash up are different, the tides shape the shore differently. I really love it.
    Be careful today and get home safely!

  18. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Amazing shot under the dock there.
    Living at the beach, it is a totally different place in the winter. The shells that wash up are different, the tides shape the shore differently. I really love it.
    Be careful today and get home safely!

  19. Cate

    Love the pic, and no epic storm will be able to stop a woman with bionic nipples!

  20. Cate

    Love the pic, and no epic storm will be able to stop a woman with bionic nipples!

  21. Cate

    Love the pic, and no epic storm will be able to stop a woman with bionic nipples!

  22. shaunna

    it’s intense. watch out while driving. i’m staying home and watching the storm from the windows. maybe if there’s a break i’ll head out to the beach. it makes for good pictures, but i’m rather comfortable right now, so it depends.
    (i live in a building that’s over 100 years old… built into the hillside with a view out to the ocean. it hasn’t slid anywhere yet. and it’s been through many storms. so construction or bad luck from fire denuding vegetation are major contributors to slides. you gotta be aware of where you dwell.)

  23. shaunna

    it’s intense. watch out while driving. i’m staying home and watching the storm from the windows. maybe if there’s a break i’ll head out to the beach. it makes for good pictures, but i’m rather comfortable right now, so it depends.
    (i live in a building that’s over 100 years old… built into the hillside with a view out to the ocean. it hasn’t slid anywhere yet. and it’s been through many storms. so construction or bad luck from fire denuding vegetation are major contributors to slides. you gotta be aware of where you dwell.)

  24. shaunna

    it’s intense. watch out while driving. i’m staying home and watching the storm from the windows. maybe if there’s a break i’ll head out to the beach. it makes for good pictures, but i’m rather comfortable right now, so it depends.
    (i live in a building that’s over 100 years old… built into the hillside with a view out to the ocean. it hasn’t slid anywhere yet. and it’s been through many storms. so construction or bad luck from fire denuding vegetation are major contributors to slides. you gotta be aware of where you dwell.)

  25. Sandi

    We are having an EPIC storm for sure! I have lost a tree. I can’t even believe what I am watching out this window, I feel like I am in a hurricane. Drive safe!!!

  26. Sandi

    We are having an EPIC storm for sure! I have lost a tree. I can’t even believe what I am watching out this window, I feel like I am in a hurricane. Drive safe!!!

  27. Sandi

    We are having an EPIC storm for sure! I have lost a tree. I can’t even believe what I am watching out this window, I feel like I am in a hurricane. Drive safe!!!

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