The boy...or the girl???
I'm talkin' about the Pacific Ocean, and more specifically, our monsoon (or lack thereof).
When we lived on the coast of California, the news that El Niño, the boy, was warming up the Pacific, we knew that we were going to get some wet weather! Did we ever! Ever hear about the Storm of '82? Or '83? We're talking floods, mudslides, etc. A whole mountain came down, burying houses in its path in the middle of the night. That was a couple of really extreme years, but I used it as an example of what "the boy" means. WET.
In June of this year, we started our monsoon off early; had some very good storms for about 2 weeks. El Niño was moving in to the Pacific. Remembering what that meant in CA, I thought, cool, another great monsoon this year. The kind that turns the dry desert into a lush land, full of running creeks and rivers.
Wrong! I don't really understand it all, but since our monsoons generally come from the southeast, and El Niño brings storms out of the north, we're not going to get it this year. :(
The upside is that we'll get more rain than normal this winter as long as "the boy" stays in the Pacific. Of course, that also means more rain for CA as well.
I bring it up because I've been talking all last winter about taking pictures of how beautiful this area is during the summer rains. I noticed the birds in the front yard taking dust baths in the dirt this morning. Now that's sad!
I just happened to think of a positive about the lack of rain! I haven't seen any of the *#!%*! tumbleweed growing that is so ubiquitous during monsoon! Glad game, GB!! This is a big one!