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Posted by terrepruitt on March 24, 2011

Holy Moly!  Our weather has been wet lately.  Really wet.  No, not as wet as a tsunami and it will not leave as much devastation as was left in Japan.  But it is really wet for us.  I am glad I teach Nia inside.  It has been raining for days, but for us, here in San Jose we have had hours, even a day when it has stopped.  This is La Niña.  I had to look it up, because when my husband and I got married 13 years ago there was El Niño.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: “The 1997/98 El Niño ranks as one of the major climatic events of this century.”

The administration studied the information available and was able to predict as early as January 1997 that the winter of 1997/98 was going to be wet.  As the year progressed they became more confident with their predictions of heavy rainfall and flooding.  So I had heard all of this while planning our outdoor wedding.  We had a plan if it rained or if the ground was too wet, good thing because that is what ended up happening.  It rained the day of and the ground was too wet for us to be outside.  Because El Niño is a warm type of storm pattern we were actually able to go outside for a few pictures. 

This storm we are having now is cold.  That is why I looked it up because I remember hearing that this year was an La Niña year and I didn’t know the difference between the El Niño and the La Niña.  Colder than normal temperatures is the characteristics of La Niña.  Another characteristic is that it follows El Niño.  I remember there being rain last winter, but it didn’t seem more than normal and the temperatures weren’t as cold.  It seems as if we have these weather patterns all the time.  I guess we only really hear about them when they are really severe. 

Right now the rain is causing flooding and landslides.  We are fortunate because with raining happening non-stop in some areas there can be planning and people can take precautions.  There is time in some cases to prepare.  Not always, early this week I heard that an area where there was only one way in and one way out got closed off.  The gulch had a landslide so those that were IN the neighborhood were stuck and those that were out were stuck.  Some people are being evacuated.  My heart goes out to them.  I hope they remain safe and are able to come back to a home intact.

I’m just thinking out loud.  I was curious about the weather.  I also keep thinking that this is a long period of rain, but I keep thinking 40 days and 40 nights must have really seemed like forever.  Also as much water as we are getting it is still not as much as Japan.  I guess I keep thinking about Japan.  I hope you are too, not to dwell and be upset, but to hold space for them.  To pray for them and to think positive thoughts.

5 Responses to “Weather”

  1. niachick said

    We’ve been having some extraordinary weather patterns in Wisconsin as well…some of it coming from the west coast; some of it coming from the Gulf of Mexico; and much of it from our northern neighbor, Canada. It’s been snowy for waaaaay too long for me. We did have a bout of heavy torrential rain (thank goodness the temps were in the upper 40’s at that time or we would have even more snow) back a couple of weeks ago.

    The El Nino/El Nina thing is very interesting. When I think about the Yin and Yang elements…Nino (boy) would be Yang, very hot; Nina (the girl) would be Yin and very cool. I wonder how the meterologists went about naming these weather patterns male and female. Very interesting!

    I do hope that you are not experiencing any damaging flooding yourself and that your home and your loved ones are safe as well.


    • I saw your snow filled picture. It was beautiful.

      I wonder how they name things too. I would think that the boy would be cold and masculine and the girl would be warm and feminine, but the boy is the warmer of the two, but they both bring more rain than normal.

      We are not experiencing any flooding where we are even though we are by a creek. We have been getting a lot of rain, but there have been breaks, which is nice. Sometimes the break might just be 30 minutes of no rain with 10 to 15 minutes of sun. For me that helps a lot. It seems like just that little bit of a break makes it not so bad. Whereas constant rain and gray is icky. I am not sure if the little breaks are also helping with things not flooding around here. I know there are other areas that are flooding. We are safe, thank you. Hugs to you, Sweetie! And stay warm!!!


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  3. suzicate said

    A lot of rain here, too. It put a damper on my outdoor plans, but I needed some inside time anyway!


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