Wet & Wild - WTF is a Bombogenesis!
We are longtime California residents. We spent 11 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and four in San Diego before hitting the road in June of 2014. We have spent part of every winter since 2010 in Southern California. This one was was different. The first winter in 2010 when we became San Diego residents was pretty soggy. But since then California has famously had very little rain. The lakes dried up, the drought wreaked havoc but we all got kind of used to it.
So our decision to spend our time in Southern California again this winter didn't seem so radical when we made it last fall. We delayed our international travels until March but were tired of staying in the desert areas of previous years. We decided to spend January & February in the lovely beach cities of California instead. And they were indeed lovely, in the limited time we got to enjoy them... no regrets.
But here we are now, in the middle of February, confined to our trailer by torrential rain AGAIN. Last night we had no sleep due to the trailer rocking and rolling like a train carriage and we are resolving that next year we will be somewhere that is guaranteed to be sunny and warm. I didn't leave England all those years ago for this!
This week, just when we thought we had got past the worst of the January rains, we learned a new word - Bombogenesis: aka an explosive cyclogenesis or a weather bomb. I know we are stereotypical Californians to complain about rain but "like seriously Bombo-f*&kin-genesis!"
Before the storm hit us we were evacuated from our beautiful camping spot down in El Capitan just outside of Santa Barbara. Many of the unfortunate people down there were evacuated from their homes and endured property damage. Further south in LA County some were injured and lost lives. We are lucky to have a home on wheels and drove north, away from the worst-affected areas.
So what is the point of my first-world problems style rant about rain? I guess I am very glad that California is getting a reprieve from drought and I am very lucky to be someone not seriously affected by this weather. But is it OK to say "Enough with the rain California - Give us some of that sunshine y'all are famous for."