After years of too little rain, California has a decidedly different problem on its hands: Way, way too much of it. But the scare at the Oroville dam earlier this month, and the massive floods in Los Angeles last week, pale in comparison to what the latest volley of moisture threatens to serve up.
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With less than two weeks remaining in 2016, we can say with near-certainty that it's the hottest year on record (the only thing that could pull 12 months of above-average temperatures down now is if our sun suddenly vanished, and in that case we've got bigger problems). And if the north pole is any indicator, freak hot weather isn't going away. In fact, it seems to be getting freakier.
Video: I like rain. I mean, I don't like it when I get dumped on with cloud piss to the point where my socks will never be dry again and my soul has darkened, but I like it when I'm inside and warm, when I can hear the pitter-patter and put it in the background — when I can see it and not feel it at all. This video of rain by Laviniu Lazar reminds me of that kind of rain. The calming, cleansing, great to sleep in rain.
It teased us with the possibility of a no-show, but a weak La Niña has officially arrived, according to NOAA. Parts of the northern United States can expect a cooler and wetter-than-average winter, while southern California, unfortunately, can expect more drought.