Extreme weather hits southern California

Barricades (Nathaniel Vamvas)

Nathaniel Vamvas

A cooling of the surface water of the equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean, called La Niña, causes unusual weather patterns in Southern California. Perhaps this could be a reasonable explanation for the recent weather conditions surrounding Saddleback College.

Adjustments, due to the rain, have been made throughout the campus in order to prevent any water damage.

Last week’s heaviest rainfall was on Tuesday. The library was one location effected affected by the recent downpour. According to library staff, the rain leaked under the doors. Sandbags were placed along the doors in attempt to prevent any further flooding. Cones have also been arranged around campus to caution passersby of water puddles, mudslides, and other unsafe pathways.

Only a few weeks ago, Southern California was hit with record-high temperatures. On Sept. 27, downtown Los Angeles peaked at 113 degrees.

“I literally have beads of sweat rolling down my back right now,” said graphic designer Christine Nguyen said carrying a suitcase full of materials to a downtown appointment. “I can’t wait to get home and take a cold shower.”

Heavy storms of lighting and thunder swept Southern California last Monday in what was once again another extreme display of weather.

In any case, drastic weather conditions create dilemmas for people. The rain created traffic jams as people drive with more caution when the roadways are oily.

On the other hand, extreme temperatures can also be troublesome for people. The temperature rose so high that it actually led to a number of power outages in Southern California businesses such as a local Starbucks Coffee according to employee Tim Ingstad.

Although the rainfall seems to be nearing its end, we can only prepare for more alterations in weather during the following winter season. El Nino is said to occur every four to 12 years developing after late December. However, the last El Nino started in September of 2006 and went until early 2007.