What’s going on with the weather? Severe weather conditions across parts of Europe have shut down airports and roads causing unimaginable transportation chaos this Christmas weekend.
Over five days this past week Los Angeles received about 7 inches of rain, or close to 50% of the rainfall we usually get in a year, which caused floods, mudslides, uprooted trees, and over-turned cars (estimated to cost more than $60 million in damages), and apparently more storms are predicted for Christmas day, and next Tuesday.
Daniel Sanchez’s Toyota Camry buried in mud in the foothill community of Highland in San Bernardino County. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / December 23, 2010)
All this rain wasn’t expected and has baffled our forecasters, because this is supposedly an El Nina year (i.e when ocean temps drop near the equator, we have a colder, drier winter), while so much rain is typical of an El Nino year
As “our” storm churned eastward it’s left a trail of deep, heavy snow right across the country, dropping six inches on Minneapolis and St. Paul, nine inches in Iowa, and most probably means Tennessee (Nashville), Georgia (Atlanta) and even the Carolinas will have a white Christmas.