Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Rain

Rain, soft and gentle right now,

which makes the people living in the burned-up

hills breathe easier for a while.

Heavy rain means mudslides.

Apocalyptic California.

Heading for the hills won't save you -- they burn.

Running for the flatlands won't help -- they flood.

Standing still won't work -- the earth will quake a 7.0 under your feet.

Move to Oklahoma, get struck by lightning.

Move to Kansas and a tordano takes you to Oz.

So, hell, best just stay where you are

and dance around with happy feet

and sing

a little rain song.


Alon Perlman said...

Well I did venture out, A 300 pound tree limb fell onto the
second street curve down from el moro blocking trafic. A sameritan dragged it onto the wide meridian.
Later County crews were about and had it over the eroded bluff part of second, near the soon to be moved Bus stop. The work signs ner the fill were blown over.
The crew was encoraged to return and removed the remaining debris (debris-2 logs)1 monteray cypres log is burning in the fireplace right now. The rains were southerly and gusts took waves in a north east direction in the Bay. Meanwhile the Pallsiades project was at a an apparent functional level of construction and waters were seen high but moving in the new culvert about 300 feet south on LOVR from the palisades new curve. The MiDTOWN (WWW) Lake was remarkably low (At 2-3 pm) and the maGic sands were not very disturbed by direct rain.

Churadogs said...

I'm amazed the tree limbs of the sad dead pine streettree in front, the one with power a power and phone line running through it, was unharmed. And this morning early it was positively tropically BALMY. Not Octover chilly. Weird.

Watershed Mark said...

Any sightings of Mark Hutchinson?
He is interested in the storm sewer...

Mike Green said...

Are the Ponds of Avalon full?

Alon Perlman said...

Hi MG real time poster, No, Pondlet of Avalon as viewed from back side Downed fence ( telephoto- of course) was not too high at the time significant. If you have a web storage I'll send U a photo @ we can post it.
Southerly winds rare about 2 times a year, from my friend who tracks Hurricanes tropical storms etc. El ninyo and nina phenomenons will decrease drought but changing patterns will be of the kind that Ann refers to in the poem- Dry summers fire and rains that wash sediments, Let LA Burn and flood, LO has creeks and an overly sedimented Bay, to worry about.

Dead tree less flexibility versus less rain held in limbs and leaves, less weight, prestressed.

FOGSWAMP said...

T'was raining avocados (like missiles) at my place i Los Osos Some flew about 20' from the trees, along with the branches.

The gusts seemingly came from all directions tearing the heavy fruit from the tees.

In the Ventura area winds gusted to 70mph and blew the avocados off the trees, which normally wouldn't be harvested until late fall, or early spring.

By Tuesday evening ag experts est that about 5 million pounds of avocados around the state had been blown off the trees and farmers were scrambling to pick up the fruit to lighten their losses,

Avocados are a 338 million dollar crop in California.
Some farmers think the rain and high winds are not all that bad because it keeps the cold weather from moving in and freezing the crops.

Mucho guacamole in the next few weeks, just bring the dip and beer.

Churadogs said...

Fogswamp: woa, that brought back memories. House we lived in in L.A. was part of an old, old 1920s avacado farm or something so there were 4 HUGE HUGE avacado trees, tall as the high power lines, filing every square inch of the sky in the back yard. (And pruning 'em only made 'em mad so they're grow more ferociously.) It was a hard hat area back there. We'd regularly hear the whistle, snap, crack of HUGE avacados falling sixty bazillion feet through the branches, caroming off trunks and thudding into the ground or bouncing off the storage sheds in the back, kaa-SMACK! And avacado trees shed leaves ALL THE TIME, 24/7/365 so we had to buy a shredding machine and every few weeks spend a dusty, loud Saturday grinding leaves. Endlessly. BUT our neighbors loved us when we'd march up and down the street with bags full of ginormous avacados.

And yes, in high winds, those avacados become dangerous flying missles. Duck and cover!!

Alon Perlman said...

When about 6 months ago, (or previous) I noticed a drop in the price of TRI-Tip,The king of Beef Cuts, then confirmed by seeing other low beef prices, I did not rejoyce, I said to myself Oh Oh, the farmers are reducing stock. Since I don't regularly read or watch the "news" (and don't shop for beef that often either,-Eclisiastes, No news here, move along), it was only about a month ago that I stumbled upon a Local news report that said, You guessed it-Local Ranchers are...
Aint the laws of supply and demand grand? Yay Capitalisem.
Guak freezes well.
Foggers, Isn't the Hand granade sized Avocado like in the top 5 of Agricultural product by sales in the County?
And speaking of jumping on live hand granades and taking one for the team-A blanket of fog is better than crispety cold sparkling night skies, though I heard there is a downside?
Low prices now, high prices ahead (adjusted for recession).
Them bellies full, but they hungry.

Mike Green said...

When I was just a strong backed whippersnapper of fifteen I landed a job at the Calavo plant In Santa Paula.
I stacked full flats for a penny 1/2 flats for half into refrigerated trucks, every row needed precise stacking to insure correct airflow That was one tough 4.00/hr.
Later, I worked in the selection packing plant.
I was amazed at the different varieties, Wikki only lists a few, but I remember MacArthurs sometimes being the size of nowadays refrigerator watermelon
Then there were "Cukes" about the size and shape of a big Kosher pickle with no seed.
Fuertes were the top choice for the workers there, best flavor.
The Chile grown ones just taste bland to me.

Churadogs said...

Mike Green: Yeah, we had the furerte and the haas in the back yard and then one tree that was some kind of weird cross -- HUGE avacados with the hard black/green bumpy skin of the haas but the soft, flavorful insides of the fuerte. And they got the size of a large red mango, maybe over a pound apiece..