IS IT POSSIBLE that raindrops on our windows are the same drops we saw in Hawaii last week? Maybe so. Weather experts confirm that the "pineapple express" storm system that has drenched our backyards with moisture originated in the Hawaiian tropics. And much to our relief, we are now within a few storms of returning to a normal rain year.
We were fortunate to receive a good dose of wet weather, but our Southern California neighbors remain dry because the narrow "express" missed them entirely. They draw water from local reservoirs and the Colorado River, but mostly from the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley. With just two months left in the wet season, things look bleak for half the state, and that will likely rekindle a politically hot issue as we grapple with the fair distribution of the state's water resources.
I still recall the disappointment I felt seeing acres of lush irrigated roadside greens and golf courses in Southern California last year while my own backyard lawn was brown and dead, suffering from lack of water. Stay tuned!