Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Northern California "Storms"

I'm surprised at what passes for a storm in California. Here in San Francisco it's been raining with a bit of wind. Hardly a storm. But hundreds of thousands of people had their electricity supply interrupted. Josh and Amy were without electricity for 30 hours! Here's the before and after photos of their backyard:

In Wellington this weather would be called a "cold front". It would just be a normal variation in the weather. So why does a bit of wind and rain cause so much damage here? It's because we plant so many none-native trees in our sandy soil. They grow well, but the soil can't support their mass. At the mere hint of wind, they topple over, taking power lines with them.

Categories:San Francisco

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