After waiting with great anticipation, the skies finally broke their grip on the wet stuff. It started to rain at 5:30 last night and hasn't let up. The San Francisco-San Jose area got hit pretty hard in the morning, with major electrical outages from wind damage and lots of flooding. I would have stayed home I think, but many people chose to drive through those 6" to 36" inch deep flooded areas with the expected results ... stranded in a river of water going nowhere.
The wind did come up a little yesterday, blowing gusts from 15-25 mph here. I understand it was worse in the mountains. The biggest problem in my little town is the wind blowing all the leaves to the ground, which then get stuck in the drainage system, causing street flooding. Do you think anyone would go out with a rake and clean the drains??? Of course not ... that's the City's problem ... but you should hear the complaints about the flooded streets and lawns!!
From the radar, it looks like the storm has shifted to Southern California. I'm sure they can use the water too. All the wet at my house is soaking into the ground nicely and so far my gutter handiwork is holding up nicely. Los Banos (southwest of my location) received over 3 inches of rain last night, which will make Los Angeles happy, since they have a huge water supply there. Los Angeles has huge water supplies all over California ... draining everyone up North dry, but I won't go there!!
I'm sure there will be flooding in our area as all that water comes down off the mountains into Bear Creek. The further down the creek, the smaller it gets, ending up with no place for it to go. Flooding doesn't seem to worry anyone here, as nothing is ever done to improve the situation. In my lifetime it's flooded 3 times, about two miles south of me. Twice it could have been averted, but the powers that be wouldn't cut the bank to release the water into an unpopulated area. Better to let those homes flood??? Yes ... that was the decision!!
At any rate, it's nice to hear the rain fall on the roof as I sit in front of the fire with my morning coffee!! Cheers!!!!!