Sunday, April 09, 2006
Tired of the Rain Yet?
I'm guessing I'm the only person in Northern California who isn't sick of the rain. This year has set records for the rainiest spring ever, and the most rainy days. Add that to the fact that the snow up in the Sierras is about twice as wet as normal CA snow, and the reservoirs are getting close to capacity, and much of the Central Valley is below sea level, protected by an old and neglected levee system, and this could be a rough summer of flooding for CA, as the snow melts and overtaxes the reservoirs.
All of that is bad. Also bad is that people are SICK of grey, wet days. Depression increases when there isn't enough sunlight, and the news every night is filled with doom and gloom attached to rain, traffic, sinkholes, and mudslides. Mudslides occur when the ground is oversaturated, and we've cut back the trees and so on, and we're in a bit of a mess, the opposite mess from drought.
BUT...I hate the HOT weather of late summer. I don't like getting sweaty walking out to the car (though at least it's DRY heat here...), feeling the sun beat down on my head, being unwilling to walk the dog in the afternoon. I like the cool fresh feel of the air when it's raining, and a sunny day AFTER a rainstorm is like a godsend...the air is crisp and cool, and the pollution is washed away, everything is clear. The hills are pretty and green, everything is growing. Soon there will be baby ducks swimming around in the canal near Maya's school. I love it all.
I promise not to be mean if you complain about the rain. I promise to try not to get bitchy when it gets hot, and if I do, remind me that at least it's not humid, and I have a pool right outside my little condo...it will be ok. I promise to try, if you fellow Californians will try to enjoy our rare wet spring.