NEVER FORGET  3:17 pm December 1, 2011

California Destroyed By Blustery Day

by Ken Layne

Gonna have to fly over this a couple more times ....Back when California used to have the nation’s top public schools (instead of the worst) and biggest state park system (instead of locked-gate meth-lab forests) along with lots of good-paying jobs and an entire population of fit, beautiful, tattoo-free people who spent all their time at the uncrowded beaches talking about philosophy or whatever, the “trade off” was that California also had terrible natural disasters. It was the kind of thing that kept a certain demographic (really scared Indiana people, say) from moving out West. “Sounds great,” they’d say, “but I heard there was an earthquake about 10 years ago that killed twenty people, so I’m staying put, where I’ll probably freeze to death in the outhouse tomorrow and never be found.”) Anyway, now the disasters have moved elsewhere. Oklahoma and Virginia get all the earthquakes now, the wildfires went to Texas, New York City attracts all the hurricanes (and asshole mayors), and Californians are reduced to crying about a windy day.

It was quite breezy last night:

Some of the worst winds in years blasted the West overnight, knocking down trees and power lines in California and toppling trucks and forcing some schools to close as gusts reached 102 mph in Utah. The winds left hundreds of thousands of people without power, mainly in California, darkening streets and traffic lights as commuters made their way into work.

“It was a terrifying ride for me, coming here in pitch dark … and watching motorists take no notice of lights being out,” said Bob Spencer, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Maybe they still managed to turn on their cars’ headlights, Bob! Also, “Utah” is not in California. Yet. But what about the wildfires maybe escaping from Texas and coming back west?

The high winds, combined with low humidity in the mountain regions, will create conditions conductive to fire, the weather service advised.

“If a fire were to get going, there’s very little that would hold it back,” meteorologist Carol Smith.

At least it’s cool and cloudy, Carol! (With a chance of showers tomorrow.)

When the going gets tough, the tough get their boards.After a brief power outage at Los Angeles International Airport, impatient travelers were put on buses and sent out to the secondary airports at the edge of the megalopolis. But by the time one busload of passengers had been driven the hundred miles to Ontario airport, the crisis was over and the bus turned around (in rush hour traffic) to return to LAX. But by then, their plane had flown to Ontario, and … oh for god’s sake.

Meanwhile, some 300,000 households in “the Southland” are without power, because the utility companies still haven’t figured out that intense Santa Ana winds blast into the Los Angeles basin every single year without fail.

On Twitter, meanwhile, everybody is whining about how their cars got crushed by fallen trees. Think of the trees, you selfish jerks.

 

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Barb December 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

We are having gusts up to 70 MPH here in New Mexico and we're expecting snow.

memzilla December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Another extreme, yet effective Rethuglican solution to illegal immigration? I don't suppose Herman Cain is in town with shovels and alligators, is he?

Barb December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Herman Cain would go anywhere and do anything to keep from doing the one thing he has yet to do…face his wife after that affair story broke.

elviouslyqueer December 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Bust Up a Chifforobe Libel!

L188188 December 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

How wonderful! Perhaps you can sell a photo of your state to US Magazine showing off your "snow bump".

Indiepalin December 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Yeah. I drove back to SF at lunch and nearly got blown off the road. Those fucking hay trucks north of Bernalillo….

comrad_darkness December 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I thought your post said "guts up to 70MPH" and I was thinking, man, I've had some Montezuma's revenge before, but not like that.

tessiee December 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

But climate change is a myth/conspiracy on the part of Big Environment/wharrgarrbl.

LettucePrey December 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Um, excuuuse me, but I do believe we are only 49th ahead of Mississippi in every category, ever. Except serial killers.. then we're tied with Iowa for #1. And something something Messicans, also.

Nothingisamiss December 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You think you are such hot shit, Lettuce, but Georgia's fixin' to pass the same low down dirty Messican legislation that y'all did.

CindynEncinitas December 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

Excuse me, but I believe it's Metsicans.

chascates December 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I moved from the Panhandle of Texas to Austin 30 years ago to escape the winds and then moved 50 miles northeast of Austin onto a farm 5 months ago which has even worse winds than the Panhandle.
I now want to move to the Oregon coast but inland to escape the winds.

tihond December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Have you considered that the winds may be following you?

Lionel[redacted]Esq December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

4TheTurnstiles December 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Inland from the Oregon Coast? Nothing there but dairy cattle and meth-addled offspring of former loggers. Avoid. Unless you like to get shot while scavenging for mushrooms.

BigDumbRedDog December 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Agree. Outside of Portland and a few okay college towns, Oregon is to be avoided at all costs. Even Eastern Oregon is better, basically because absolutely no one lives there.

4TheTurnstiles December 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

My home state is Kentucky with a coastline. Sad fact.

An_Outhouse December 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

lots o' pumice if you're a fan.

Nothingisamiss December 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

A Wonketteer that doesn't like a blow job?

BaldarTFlagass December 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Oh, the realtor didn't tell you that the Greater Waco-Temple-Bryan/College Station Metroplex totally blows?

BerkeleyBear December 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Well, Portland is about an hour, hour and a half from the coast (depending on traffic and whether you start in the burbs or downtown). But it gets gray here, and from what I can tell so far stays that way for 6-8 months. And the cold, while not upper MW levels, is enough to make people from Texas feel more than a little chilly.

tessiee December 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

My standard description of Portland weather:
The good news is that we have very mild winters.
The bad news is that they don't end until the Fourth of July.

comrad_darkness December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Look on the bright side . . . um, let's see that would be …
oh, another 5-10 years home windmills will probably be cost effective.

Native_of_SL_UT December 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Here in Utah the big story is the wind, Oh and the guy who got shot in the ass by his dog while duck hunting.

chascates December 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Should have bought the retriever a warm jacket.

Generation[redacted] December 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

He's normally a very well behaved dog. In fact, he just graduated from the Dick Cheney Obedience School.

Chichikovovich December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

As the newspaper adage says:
Man shoots dog? Not a story.
Dog shoots man? Now there's a story.

SorosBot December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I hate that dog, always giggling at you straight out of the screen when you miss all the ducks.

OzoneTom December 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Think that could be the same dog in the "Dead Like Me" episode who shot his abusive owner.

Nostrildamus December 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Don't worry. That dog got his.

Gratuitous World December 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Build a fence. real tall one. keep that foreign air out. stagnant American air shall stay. everyone loses – USA!

tihond December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Herman Cain is intrigued by your idea, but is wondering if we can electrify the fence.

Captain_Quark December 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I'm worried about the impact is this likely to have on Bristol's reality TV show.

CommieLibunatic December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Who?

…man, it feels good to say that.

memzilla December 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

The winds left hundreds of thousands of people without power…

The Rethuglicans are called "The Winds" now? Sounds about right.

SheriffRoscoe December 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I keep hearing about the winds here in California. Well I just came in from putting up Christmas Holiday lights on my house, and it wasn't all that bad. I've had stronger wind gusts come out my ass, in fact. What the hell?

Sharkey December 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I'll trade you our nasty blizzards for your piss-ant wind. (Power cables are underground in DC, so there!)

ShaveTheWhales December 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Um, no sale?

fartknocker December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

OT to the weather (which is nice today in Austin, a tad humid but we're getting rain soon), however Ron Paul released a fun commercial about Newton Gingrich:
http://jasencomstock.tumblr.com/post/13589969184/

MOG2410 December 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Does that make Mitt the flip and Newt the flop? I'm so confused.

chascates December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Ken, when the wind blows out in Joshua Tree can't you just hang on to a cactus or something?

KeepFnThatChicken December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

OT, but I am always fascinated by how prescient Bill Hicks is, despite being dead these 17 years. Your Ambrose Bierce quote, though, is just as stunning in its prophecy… especially since he was a journalist back in them Civil War days.

Ken Layne December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The only cactus you'll see around here is about three feet tall at best, the cholla. There is a hint in the kind of large plant life you'll find in this ecoregion, in the name "Joshua Tree."

Lionel[redacted]Esq December 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

U2 albums?

OneYieldRegular December 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

My hiking partner down there in the desert last week found out the hard way about cholla cactus by hanging onto one to keep from falling. She came out of the encounter looking like Sissy Spacek in the prom scene from "Carrie."

ShaveTheWhales December 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

"large plant life" — what, Rick Perry has moved to SoCal?

bumfug December 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

The real disaster is the power outage causing gro-lites to go dark and the hydroponic water pumps to stop working, threatening the one industry that still functions here in SoCal.

KeepFnThatChicken December 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

So… what I'm hearing… is "George Bush blows"?

weejee December 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

The last of Blowvember? Is Marcus visiting in Palm Desert?

BaldarTFlagass December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Weather gods ANGRY!!!

Pragmatist2 December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Locusts. I am waiting for the locusts to come before I get too engaged in this.

Jukesgrrl December 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Or frogs falling out of the sky. That would be good.

Biff December 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Good lord, I've endured two infestations of grasshoppers in the desert, both times while riding my motorcycle. The highway gets too slippery to ride on, and the state had to send snowplows to clear the roads and spread cinders for traction. Stench, also.

ShitFilledExistence December 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

It's 59 degrees in Phoenix right now. That's all I got. (pretty lame–just like the state)

Master Janitor V572 December 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Are people who dare to go out on the streets wearing knee-high boots and hoodies? That's what they do in San Diego in the "winter."

ShitFilledExistence December 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Ha ha–yes. And on our now seemingly annual day of rain, people drive 2 mph. I miss "real" east coast weather… I was just visiting extended family for Thanksgiving in upstate NY and the chilly breeze off Irondequoit Bay was totally invigorating. Then too quickly, I was back on a plane to Shitsville.

Jukesgrrl December 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

In Maricopa County there's not as much hot air as usual blowing since Sheriff Joe is in New Hampshire campaigning for Rick Perry.

johnnyzhivago December 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I'm sure Obama is to blame for all of this in some way, shape or form.

Ken Layne December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

He promised to shut down the wind but instead he expanded it!

starfanglednut December 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

He's black, duh.

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 1:32 am

No, no. The liberal criticism is that he's morally weak.

Monsieur_Grumpe December 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Mittens or Newt aren’t concerned about high winds, only which direction they’re blowing.

Nothingisamiss December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh, very win.

johnnyzhivago December 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Great, the stupid scientists go all crazy over global warming, and instead, global wind shear is going to kill everyone.

elviouslyqueer December 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

You jest, but we had snow in NOVEMBER. Why does Mother Nature hate the Mid-South?

LetUsBray December 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Doesn't everybody?

SorosBot December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

"Oklahoma and Virginia get all the earthquakes now"

They really fracked themselves up badly.

Nothingisamiss December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Sometimes, when fracking, they just pretend to have earthquakes.

jqheywood December 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Did the earth move for you, honey?

SayItWithWookies December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Drivers in California don't stop when they're tooling around at night and they don't see a traffic signal? Please send those nice people to Virginia, 'cause I've been stuck behind idiots on the interstate who seem to hit the brakes every fucking time they don't see a traffic signal.

poncho_pilot December 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

or come to Milwaukee. fucking turn signals? how do they work?

MilwaukeeKent December 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

You don't need them, you already know you're turning. — and you know that now those same idiots are driving around armed.

poncho_pilot December 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

i try not to think about them being armed. the signs up at every bar i've been to keep reminding me about that shit.

skoalrebel December 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

It's the fuckin' illegals [spit] The giant sucking sound that ol' Ross Perot talked about has become a big ass blow from Mexico. [spit]. I'm gonna write a protest song about it, called "Big Ass Blow from Mexico."

Chichikovovich December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Send it to the Reverend Horton Heat. That's got "Psychobilly hit" written all over it.

poncho_pilot December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

this was always my favorite time of the year…now i'm in Wisconsin and i have yet to see snow this year.

L188188 December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

A dusting mid-state right now… west 'o Green Bay.

poncho_pilot December 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

oh? i just checked and we might get snow tonight. i'm glad i didn't look into snow removal as a seasonal job this year.

of course, in two months i'll be bitching about the snow…but this year i won't be trying to push a truck uphill in the middle of a snow storm.

ShaveTheWhales December 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Wait for January.

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

Curse you. We got 10 inches on the other side of the lake the other day. Fucking Lake Effect snow. How does it work? We know all too well how it works.

poncho_pilot December 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

you know who else got 10 inches on the other side?

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Well played; well played.

Ummm…Marcus Bachmann?

CommieLibunatic December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I heard a guy on NPR earlier calling about the wind damage. Hilariously enough, the caller was listening to the show on a crank-powered radio he got from a fund drive since the power was out.

Also, too, people seem to forget we live in an arid climate here. Go to some place like Crystal Cove in the dry season, see what it was like here before settlement, and it'll all make sense.

Ken Layne December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

That is my favorite place on the SoCal coast. (Much of Camp Pendleton is just like this. When the Marines are finally kicked out, by the anarchist commune that will retake California in 2012, Pendleton is going to be the finest beachfront state park in the world.)

Jukesgrrl December 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You're presupposing the 99% will win the war. If the 1% does, Camp Pendleton will be the new San Diego Airport, with very special provisions for landing private jets and a section to hide the drones that will be attacking the hobo camps.

Ken Layne December 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

You don't win revolutions by presupposing the bad guys win!

CindynEncinitas December 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

I used to study at Crystal Cove when I was going to UCI. Fed the squirrels my leftover croissants. Anyway, it's going to take a very, very long time to get all the ordnance out of the ground at Camp Pendelton so, thankfully, it's probably always going to be the 17-mile barrier San Diegans need to feel safe from the horrors of "L.A." L.A. being the entire world north of Camp Pendelton.

Mumbletypeg December 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Meanwhile as I listened to NPR driving back from lunch break, the top-o'-the-hours news briefing included updates on Hillz' diplomatic exchange in Burma, voter turnout in Egypt, and capped off with a weird bit about a nervy dry spell occupying Switzerland, to the chagrin of ski bunnies everywhere.
Just another reason to put my old ski mask to a better use, I'd guess; lemme think…

muthalovin December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

We are all California's today.

Sassomatic December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

What does this have to to with teh butt secks?

elviouslyqueer December 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

All of it, Katie.

Guppy December 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

"Maybe they still managed to turn on their cars’ headlights, Bob!"

Or maybe he was talking about traffic signals.

Chichikovovich December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Every party has a pooper.

DaRooster December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Yeah man… it was 34 degrees this morning. (about 62 now… but hell… imagine 34… sheesh)

Goonemeritus December 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Rochester NY lacks even Southern California’s sense of proportion. People think I’m making this up but we get drive time sunny condition warnings in the winter. I guess the feeling is that an unexpected sighting of the sun anytime between Halloween and Mothers day might terrify the natives.

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 1:37 am

Whenever I get depressed over a particular stretch of winter snow here in Michigan, I always think of Buffalo and Rochester, and then I quit my fucking pity party, for once. Either that, or I remember the poor folks up in Marquette. Those are some brave souls, up there. When they talk about "snow drift", you ain't seen nothing until an interstate becomes a canyon because the snow banks are so high.

paris biltong December 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

BaldarTFlagass December 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Actually, we've been doing something about the weather for the last 150-200 years, but nobody wants to talk about it. Or even admit it.

Master Janitor V572 December 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

One sure sign of advancing age is an excessive interest in the weather, and bitter complaints about the inaccuracy of forecasts. Just sayin, Ken.

Clancy_Pants December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

You pussies want to see wind? Come to Wyoming!

Native_of_SL_UT December 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

A friend of mine went to Wyoming once to visit his sister. He crashed an ATV into a tree. His sister was pissed he crashed into the states only tree.

Lionel[redacted]Esq December 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Don't worry, the wind will be taken care of by the private sector.

Mumbletypeg December 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Sometimes you're better off flat
There's a gale in the air and it's blown off your hat
It's nature gone mad; too unstable'
Kicking down chairs and knocking down tables
In a bistro/ In a West Coast town
Call the police/ There's an anomaly around
Ripping 'round/ overground
Terrorizing drivers in a West Coast town ♪ ♫

BaldarTFlagass December 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

"Say, baby, blow is just a figure of speech."

Jukesgrrl December 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

It's breezy in Southern Arizona today. But really bad weather is afraid to come here on account of our superior firepower.

L188188 December 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I would imagine all the heads laying around in the deserts also might dissuade it.

elviouslyqueer December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

That's what Michael Bloomberg said.

ShaveTheWhales December 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Haboob libel!

coolhandnuke December 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Despite the gale force winds battering the region, the California Surfing Association still held their Ministry of Silly Surfing Walks competition.

ManchuCandidate December 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Obammar's Katrina! (but isn't everything?)

MOG2410 December 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Is Pepco handling electric in CA now???

Biff December 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Beats Tepco, this time.

Nopantsmcgee December 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I'm a backwoods dumbass hick that lives in Michigan, Ken, and our outhouses are heated, TYVM

And I think Michigan has some other features that the desert states will figure out and pine for eventually.

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

All our waters are belong to us! You'll get a drink when you pry it from our cold, quenching, teeming waters.

Joshua Norton December 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I live up on breezy (usually) Twin Peaks in San Francisco and hung my outside garlands, wreaths and lights over the weekend and they're still all there in good condition.

And they'd damn well better stay that way if the weather gods know what's good for them!!!1!11!!

SorosBot December 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Twin Peaks isn't in San Francisco; it's in Northern Washington, near the Canadian border and somewhere near the mysterious Black Lodge out in the woods.

Joshua Norton December 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm

You're as confused as my neighbor, Laura Palmer.

Terry December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

"Back when California used to have the nation’s top public schools (instead of the worst) and biggest state park system (instead of locked-gate meth-lab forests) along with lots of good-paying jobs and an entire population of fit, beautiful, tattoo-free people who spent all their time at the uncrowded beaches talking about philosophy or whatever,…"

Remember that California's problems aren't just from the economic down turn. They have done some truly crazy things with their property taxes, among other things.

Joshua Norton December 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

"the utility companies still haven’t figured out that intense Santa Ana winds blast into the Los Angeles basin every single year without fail."

There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge. ”

—Raymond Chandler, "Red Wind"

Best. Description. Evah!

MissTaken December 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Craigy Ferg quoted this last night, too. Made my girlie bits quiver all over again!

L188188 December 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Have you noticed how there is one or another weather or environmental event about every 2 weeks lately that is described as "the worst in years" or "a 100 year event"? When they come as regularly as they seem to be, not only must we get ready for our post-apocalyptic hell but we must also reset the odometers on our descriptive phrases.. what a hassle.

Extemporanus December 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

California: Come for the shake. Stay for the blow.

Mahousu December 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

You know who else had problems with a blustery day?

jqheywood December 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Oh, bother…

SudsMcKenzie December 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Donald Trump?

tessiee December 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Mary Poppins?

OneYieldRegular December 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Did the Desert Hills outlet mall blow apart? That would be a sure sign of God's existence.

actor212 December 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

1) Build a wind farm.

2) Hire illegal immgrants to pick the wind crop

3) ???

4) PROFIT!

Nostrildamus December 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

3) Tax cuts for the wealthy.

actor212 December 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Of course! *slapping forehead*

Biff December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Here in the disputed lands of the Von Schmidt Line it is also quite windy. I think parts of my garage roof are on their way to California as I type this, actually.

Extemporanus December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

California's terrible natural disasters are the main reason why this really scared Indiana person manifested their destiny out West in the first place.

If I'm to die a horrible death, I'd much rather it be whilst fuckin' models on the edge of a continent than suckin' on chili dogs outside the Tastee Freez.

comrad_darkness December 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

It's cold enough here in my shack I have to wear a sweater.

I sound like Pete Hoekstra . . . Let's see, now I know what the Donner Party went through…

Callyson December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

My dog freaked out over the wind, so I did not sleep well last night, otherwise not a big deal except for tree branches. But it must suck much to be a homeless Angeleno right now…

Biff December 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

What it's really like in Joshua Tree: http://www.thefuckingweather.com/?zipcode=Joshua+

Nostrildamus December 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Brown is such a loser. Rick Perry would be praying up a storm right now.

tessiee December 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Yeah, literally.

JackObin December 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Actually, and ironically, California was destroyed by two horrible actors. One Ronnie Raygun, and one Austrian whose name I can't spell.

hagajim December 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

"Governor Moonbeam and the Blustery Day"?

fletc3her December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Wait until the environmentalists reveal that all those "wind farms" are actually giant fans. We'll see how windy it is then. We'll just see.

Beowoof December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Too bad no one made the guy in the picture do a DB Cooper into the devastation.

ShaveTheWhales December 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

It's a bit windy here near Yosemite, too. I'd say gusting to 40 or 50 mph. Strangely, we haven't had a power outage y

ttommyunger December 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

My wife read this article and sniffed: " California? Wind? They ought to try sharing a bed with ttommy!" Hint- Her favorite song is: "He is the Wind Beneath My Sheets."

Wonderthing December 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I was going to count all the "California blows" comments or variations thereon but I can't count to infinity.

The Professor December 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Hwaa? It was windy? I thought I had knocked out the grid again.

datateday December 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

George W. Bush must be sad that he's no longer presiding over all of the destruction. Maybe he can live through Jeb Bush when it's his turn to reign?!?

Come here a minute December 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Oh, bother.

DesertDingo December 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hey, for serious, the big pile of crap I had in my front yard is now spread all over the entire yard. We could be without internet or power at home for days and I'm stuck here at the office debating whether to drive to a dark house and eat the chocolate ice cream that risks thawing in the freezer.

tessiee December 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Is idiot boy bush cowering in his seat because he's looking out the window at a gremlin perched on the wing?

Negropolis December 2, 2011 at 1:42 am

Indiana Libel!

I can't believe I said that. While it may be the Mississippi of the Great Lakes, the New Jersey of Chicago, what it doesn't have to worry about is being torn bodily assunder by the movement of the earth any time soon.

HobbesEvilTwin December 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

Give 'em a break, Layne: no one could have anticipated that the Santa Ana winds would knock down power lines. Just ask Condi.

Limeylizzie December 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

I was flying into LAX in crazy high winds yesterday, I was making audible whimpering noises as we were landing, and not in a good way.

LetUsBray December 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

In LA everyone knows that too, but they also think they're being all clever by sneaking through behind the car ahead of them taking its turn. Or that car, plus the clever sneak behind it.

poncho_pilot December 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

isn't Houston at like 15 degree slope above sea level or something? when i lived north of Houston several years ago there was some massive flooding one year. also the biggest pothole i have ever seen. it looked someone fired a cruise missile at Westheimer.

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