We saw it on the 10 day weather forecast, which we monitor daily. A big drop in temperature was coming. We were actually on vacation in Scotland during most of the month of August--our first overseas trip since before the Pandemic. Then came the circular wind charts on the Windy app. Mind-blowing. Everyone in SoCal prepared for the worst.
As we attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, reports started coming--San Diego and Los Angeles would be mostly spared, but the deserts were going to take it hard. Abe was staying at our house and we warned him to move everything that might blow away, and watch for leaks in our sunroom, which we know has problems. We worried about our tortoise, Pan, drowning. We missed a terrific pre-hurricane lightning storm. And then it just rained lightly for 24 hours and so we got off easy. But Down Below is a mess--Indian Canyon will be closed for months, trains washed away, Cathedral City flooded.
It's been a weird summer in general, but then again, no summer here has been predicable. June was shockingly mild, July sucked, then August storms. I'm beginning to wonder if global warming in SoCal will make us wetter. The coasts certainly have had so much rain (my house in San Diego has suffered water damage, and needs major repairs). What will happen in the Morongo Basin? We will see.
At least the cacti are fat and happy.
Anna does most of the writing. Ted does most of the photos. But sometimes we switch. We are repairing a distressed property in 29 Palms, California, and eventually hope to run an artist residency there.