Was it only a few days ago we were sweltering under a history breaking heatwave? The wacky weather did an about face once again. This sort of extreme temperature flux is getting to be the norm – the tell tale signs of climate change? Today, the Southland experienced thunder, lightning, snow, hail, monsoon like rains and even a tornado!

Here on the urban homestead in just a few hours our rain gauge measured 1/2″

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  1. David says:

    Wow! Was surprised bout the hail but my friend round Sierra Madre Blvd/ Del Mar confirmed. Got caught in on/off again rain at community garden, evenso completed my plantings, seedings etc & donning plastic bag, caught break in storm & made back to apartment moisturized to later hear thunder, & pitter patter of more liquid sunshine. Going to be a green season.

    God Bless all 🙂

  2. Paula Runyan says:

    Glad it is cooler for you.
    Did you know that the climate has actually been cooling for ten years now? If you take a look at history, you will see how it warms and cools regularly.
    1940-1974 (34 years) — global cooling
    1975-1998 (23 years) — global warming
    1999-2015 (17 years) — temperatures level then cool

    Don’t listen to the politicians. All they can see is dollar signs.
    THey have even had to change the name of Global Warming to Global Crisis, because of the lack of evidence of warming.
    We will continue to be good stewards of what God has given us. Growing all our food is the only way to go.
    Paula in Alaska

  3. Kerr says:

    Glad you folks have some water! Good to keep those rain barrels full…

    (Sadly, Paula, I’m afraid you’re probably incorrect about that. It is unfortunately not the politicians who are talking about global climate change; it’s the politicians who are dead set on pretending it’s not happening and who would rather twist scientific evidence any way they can rather than admit that we. have. to. stop. using. OIL.)

  4. Eric says:

    In June of ’94 in Solano County, CA we had a freak thunderstorm with large hail (by California standards)…No tornadoes though. So it’s really rare, but not totally uncommon. Now that I live in South Carolina, summer afternoon thunderstorms are the norm but I still haven’t gotten tired of standing out on the porch and watching it all happen.

  5. Judy says:

    Wow — 1/2″. That’s alot in a short period of time for the L.A. area. I was there once and it was raining — I can remember all the flooding because of the rain. What has happened is that so much of the land is covered with concrete and pavement. When this happens, the water cannot seep into the ground the way it was meant to. So then there are problems with storm water runoff and flooding problems. Were there any flooding problems yesterday?

    Hope you were able to catch some of that water to use in the garden later…

    Also, I enjoy reading the blog everyday!! You are a great inspiration to me 🙂 Keep up the great work!!

  6. Terri says:

    we have been soggy in Jersey for weeks now…..today is the first day the sun came out…tlll tuesday anyway…….ps got my package yesterday…cant wait to use the new waterbottles and wear my tshirt!!!! THANKS!! 🙂

  7. Kory says:

    given the lack of vegetation in some areas I am surprised there have not been mudslides reported. We’ve had some pretty wierd weather here on the other coast. 80’s and dry in april and 40’s and wet in may.

    thanks for reminding me that I need to put out the raingauge.

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