Boomers and shakers, oh my!

Mother Nature reminds us who's boss

In the olden days, before most television commercials featured seductive buxom babes with exposed cleavage, an ad for a margine supposedly so good that it could not be distinguished from real butter always ended with a fully-clad, white-robed Mother Nature exacting revenge for having tried to fool her, saying, "It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature!" She must be pissed again, because she's certainly taking out her wrath on the Coachella Valley.

quake map
Quake map (Click map for larger version)
Current earthquake map

It's fall, so the rains have come again, this time with a vengeance. The past two nights have been marked by torrential rains accompanied by spates of lightning and claps of rumbling thunder. Last night She threw a couple of earthquakes into the mix, just in case we hadn't got the point. Neither one did any damage, but they were both really loud shakers.

This morning, the clouds are hanging low over the mountains, and the air has a real chill in it. At 8 o'clock this morning, it was still only 58°F.

clouds hanging low over the mountains
Morning clouds hug the canyon walls

As usual, the rains have flooded a great many streets. And also as usual, certain of the unaware and/or foolhardy have tried to drive through the washes and had to be rescued.

splash rescue