Storms like this make one believe more in global climate change. It's quite astonishing that a Pacific hurricane could cross the long, hostile expanse of cool water off the California coast with enough force to do this. I remember once poring through climate records trying to identify storms like this in the 20th Century, and there was maybe just one:
A washed-out bridge on Interstate 10 that cut off a vital shipping route with Arizona, mudslides in Moreno Valley and snarled Southern California freeway traffic from heavy weekend rain is only a preview of problems that could come with a strong El Niño this winter, forecasters say.
The weekend storm that washed over the region Saturday and Sunday was not only remarkable for its timing -- July rain storms are rare events in Southern California -- but for its strength, the National Weather Service said.
More than a dozen local rainfall records were broken over the weekend, the weather service reported, and more rain was forecast for Monday.