Soggy Sunday

Last weekend our ESL students were treated to a random rage of rain, rain and more rain! Hancock International College had great views of all the crazy sights out of our windows and we all were stunned at the strength of the weather. I know many people just stayed inside on Sunday when it was at its worst so I wanted to share what I found out about the extent of the storm. Here’s what had to say in their article.

“Stormy weather again unleashed much-needed rain over the weekend. But across Southern California and other parts of the state, it did so with treacherous effect. Among the hardest hit areas were along the coast, including Long Beach, where rainfall at the airport set a daily record on Sunday, 3.87 inches. Los Angeles Airport got 2.78 inches, also a record. Flooding was widespread in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Powerful winds sent soaked trees crashing onto cars and homes. Mudslides blocked numerous roads, while rising water submerged others — including the 110 and 710 Freeways.

Farther north, swells up to 34 feet high were recorded in Monterey Bay, The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. Docked at a pier there, the S.S. Palo Alto, a historic concrete ship, was snapped in half by crashing waves. In Santa Cruz County, the San Lorenzo River breached its banks, sending water and debris into homes. Communities in the Sierra Nevada braced for more than two feet of additional snow. Forecasts said precipitation would continue through Monday, tapering on Tuesday. The seemingly boundless rain and snow of recent months has recast California’s drought situation, scientists say.

A year ago, about 43 percent of the state was gripped by ‘exceptional drought,’ according to the United States Drought Monitor. Last week, that figure was roughly 2 percent. As of Friday, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water source after the winter, was at nearly 170 percent of its historical average. Many major reservoirs are replenished. ‘It is remarkable,’ Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said of the turnaround.

But Dr. Ralph and other drought experts tend to take the long view of California’s water predicament, one that includes a trend of rising temperatures. ‘The recent period of unusual dryness — that’s over,’ Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at U.C. Davis, said on Sunday. But, he added, ‘California is always going to be a dry place.’

Idioms of the Day

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Meaning: Something that you say when it is raining very heavily.

Example: It’s raining cats and dogs out there! It’s a wonder any of the men can see what they’re doing!

Come Rain or Shine

Meaning: no matter whether it rains or the sun shines; in any sort of weather.

Example: Don’t worry. I’ll be there come rain or shine. We’ll hold the picnic—rain or shine.