For TV weather personalities in Sacramento, life is boring most of the year because our weather is so tame and predictable, especially compared to other parts of the country. However, in the winter things can get interesting, especially when a big storm arrives—or even better, a series of them. Turn on the TV, and you’re likely to hear one phrase repeated over and over: “The storm door is open.” I think weather men and women secretly practice this phrase so they can deliver it with maximum impact.
Well, the storm door is open, and the Pineapple Express has come to town. The first of three storms came through yesterday, and even though it was the mildest of the three in terms of wind and rainfall, it knocked a lot of leaves out of the trees, covering lawns, driveways and sidewalks with blankets of yellow and red.
At some houses, there were so many leaves that the driveway had completely disappeared. Yes, the houses in the next three photos actually have concrete driveways!
My favorite sights were the leaf swirls created by the runoff along the side of the street.
The most interesting photo I took at our house is this one: limes knocked off our lime tree along the edge of the driveway, floating on a puddle created by the garbage can waiting for the garbage truck.
Later in the afternoon the rain stopped and we actually saw patches of blue sky. But look at the dark clouds: Much more rain is on its way, this time accompanied by high winds.