The rain fell “gently” on the plain is in several well-known songs—but starting on the evening of March 28 through March 30, rain fell along the Pacific Ocean Coast and into the Santa Monica Mountains.
When the rain stopped, another two inches of rain had been added to the rain gauge on Radcliffe Avenue in Pacific Palisades.
That moisture brings the season total to 31.4 inches of rain. The annual rainfall for the Palisades, measured from July 1 through June 30, is 13.78 inches.
The wettest year, since 1942 was 1997-1998, when there was 42.60 inches of rain recorded.
The rain must mean there’s something to sing about.
In the musical My Fair Lady, “The Rain in Spain” is a turning point when student Elize Doolittle, is finally able to break her Cockney accent and say, “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.”
Stephen King wrote in The Gunslinger:
“The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
There is joy and also pain
but the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
The ways of the world all will change and all the ways remain the same
but if you’re mad or only sane
the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
We walk in love but fly in chains
And the planes in Spain fall mainly in the rain.”
And B.J. Thomas won a Grammy for singing:
“Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining. . ..”
But already newspaper stories are complaining with dire predictions that with all the rain, people’s allergies will be out of control because of the plant growth and pollen. There are already forecasts that because of all the new growth, it could produce a bad fire season this fall.
How about Palisadians just stay in the moment and rejoice because there has been ample rain fall this year?
Take a page from Scarlett O’Hara, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
Sue, thanks for all you do and have done. There was a big turn-out Saturday for the Los Leones/Liones walk put on by Randy Young of the Historical Society and Shirley Haggstrom of Temescal Conservation Association (or vice versa?) on Saturday at the beginning of the trail there, celebrating 50 years of the Historical Society. Lots of good info about the volunteer work over the years there, making the state park possible. Bill Bruns was there taking notes, of course. And, on another note, how about urging the local Garden Club to offer to landscape the local LADWP building in town with native plants? Make it a showcase for what can be done . . . Again, thanks.
Fabulous article Sue! How about the song:
“ I’m singing in the Rain, I’m singing in the rain’ Who wrote that song and what movie was it in ?