#LArain: it's about time

By: Peejster , 3:24 AM GMT on February 03, 2014

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About an hour ago we started getting what I think might be the first substantial precipitation of the season; even then, I bet we don't get more than 0.2 inch out of this storm.

Because of our Mediterranean climate, our rainy season comes during winter - our rainy season is our winter. However, if you include this winter, we've got three consecutive winters of below-average rainfall. It's bad enough that LA isn't getting the precipitation we need; it's worse that it's not even coming down in northern Cali, where the resulting snow pack provides water for the region throughout the year. Now, the State Water Project is about to take the unprecedented step of cutting us off this year.

So the two- to three-tenths of an inch that we get today will cool things down, and it will tamp down the smog and the pollen that's been airborne the last few weeks. For that, you will get no complaint from me. But two- to three-tenths of an inch hardly matters when the prospect of water rationing becomes very real.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LA City), mostly through @LAFDtalk on Twitter, uses the hashtag #LArain to help alert social media to potential hazards. It's a little sad not to have opportunity to use it lately. But at least this year provides the distinction that when the hashtag emerges, something significant has prompted it. Every little drop of rain we get in the next few months will be significant. 

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