The forecast of a dry winter is doing little to lower the blood pressure of Foothill residents whose homes remain vulnerable to mudslides brought about by the devastating 2009 Station fire.
Caused by cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, La Niña typically causes a colder and drier winter in the Southland. Typically.
Though last season also had La Niña conditions, the rain came down fast and hard, albeit not consistently, said William Patzert, an oceanographer and climate forecaster at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
“Here in Southern California, after two weeks in December, my forecast was already busted,” said Patzert. “Last winter is an example of where the statistics led us astray.”
According to records kept by Descanso Gardens, just over 32 inches of rain fell on the Foothills between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30 of this year.