That’s not a lot of rain to the rest of the country. But here it is a total wash out. We go for so long without rain that oil and other fluids build up on our freeways and eventually when the rain comes the roads become oil slicks. Add to that the fact that native Californians were never taught to drive in the rain and you have a recipe for disaster. When I was learning how to drive in Michigan eons ago my mother forced me to drive to the grocery store in a horrible thunderstorm just for the experience.
When we do have rain here it is one of two kinds, either a really thick mist that is hard to see through or a torrential downpour again hard to see through. Since we get the rain so infrequently, our windshield wipers get dried up form the heat, so when it does rain more likely than not instead of cleaning the windshield they simply fall apart and smear bits and pieces of dried rubber all over the window.
During our fire season so many areas are burned to the bottom roots, so when the rain comes there is nothing left to hold the dirt in place and mud slides are a reality. Right now there are over 1,000 homes in the Glendora and Azusa area that were evacuated a day before the storms came and good thing too. Most of the hills in that area came down the first day.
Add these factors together and it is just a given that there is going to be not just a rain storm but a shit storm.
So the next time you make fun of Californians, do it because we talk funny about our freeways not because we can’t drive in the rain. because at the end of all of this, the sun is always ready to shine again.