I know to most other than Southern Californians, this is not news worthy, but, thankfully, it has been raining in SoCal! Totally out of character and absolutely appreciated. Hopefully, it's also raining in the major fire areas to help put those monsters down. There are two weather reporting stations near me. I'm nearly perfectly half way between them in elevation. The lower one reported .44" while the upper one reported 1.44" over night. From the sound and look of it, we received easily an inch, maybe more.
One of the best results on this dusty hill was the wet encouraged the gopher I've been battling for months in the front terraces to make his way under the lowest retaining wall and into the walk between the pavers. Brand new, fresh, wet, unmolested granular gopher soil, two large mounds of it between the brick pavers... A strong stream from the hose on full blast and the "pooper scooper" and the varmint is HISTORY! Amazing some of the side benefits of a little rain can bring. Kim