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From Managing Editor Ramona Schindelheim

It Never Rains in Southern California

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Wednesday, I used my windshield wipers for the first time since moving back to L.A.

I am a transplant... again. After 19 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I moved back to Los Angeles in February.  The weather has been nothing short of glorious. Every day has been a beautiful replica of the one that preceded it. Sunny. Clear. Warm. Glorious. It never gets old.

But, I am an avowed weather nerd and when the first drops hit the windshield I realized how much I, like Southern California, need a good rain every now and then.

Spring and Summer thunderstorms seemed like a daily occurrence when I was growing up in the Midwest. Rain fascinates me. Clouds fascinate me. Tornadoes fascinate me. One of the first news interviews I ever did was with "Mr. Tornado" or Ted Fujita, the developer of the Fujita Scale! (For non-weather nerds, that's the scale that measures the intensity of a tornado.) The sound of rain splashing against the windows is soothing. A good lightning storm competes with the best man-made fireworks. Rain reminds me of my childhood and makes me happy.

We're in the midst of one of the driest years on record here in Southern California. I will leave the precise numbers to our weatherman, Pablo Pereira, but, up until this week, we've had less than three inches of rain in the Los Angeles area. That scarcity of rain means the moisture level of the vegetation in Los Angeles and surrounding counties is dangerously low and the danger of a brush fire is high.

So, I welcome the rain as a transplant who knows that it is much-needed and will help lower the risk of a devastating fire. And I welcome it as a life-long weather nerd who is glad she moved back to the glorious (there I said it again) weather Southern California has to offer, but who is glad to occasionally see a few dark clouds in the sky.

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