Category Archives: California

Drought Turnaround in Los Angeles

If you’ve been following weather-related news in recent years, it should come as no surprise that the state of California has been suffering from a severe drought for quite some time now. In particular, Southern California and the greater Los Angeles area has recently experienced some of its driest years in history. Last year, Californians had hoped that the arrival of El Nino would materialize in the form of some much-needed wet weather. However, residents were let down when the “rainy” season came and went without actually providing very much rain.

 

By the end of June 2016, Los Angeles had experienced its driest five year period in over 140 years. However, things are finally turning around for California as the past few weeks have been some of the wettest the state has had in years. Los Angeles has experienced over 200% of its typical average rainfall, which equates to almost the same amount that the city typically expects to receive in a year. Three separate storms have hit Los Angeles in the past five days, leaving little time for the typical dryness to settle back in.

 

While the recent surge in rainy weather is not projected to cure Southern California of its drought conditions, it may finally be a sign of things headed in the right direction. Los Angeles has historically been a city with water-sourcing issues, but nothing has compared to the past few years. As such, the rainy weather is a welcome change for Southern California residents who are hoping that these recent storms may bring about a new weather trend for the Los Angeles area.

 

Rough and Ready, Predecessor to the 2018 Calexit Motion

While Californians have voiced concerns of seceding from the USA, with a motion to send it to the state attorney general in hopes of voting for it in 2018, California is already home to one city that seceded from the Union.

 

Rough and Ready, California, is a small town 62 miles north of Sacramento. As is true of many Californian towns, Rough and Ready was founded by gold prospectors. The group of founding miners known as the “Rough and Ready Company,” in honor of their leader’s nickname, Captain A.A. Townsend, decided to expand their trademark to the very name of their mining town. In the heyday of the gold rush, Rough and Ready was a viable mining spot; one account mentioned the discovery of an 18 pound nugget of gold. Things changed for the town in 1850, when California taxed all mine claims.

 

Rough and Ready responded to taxation by seceding, mere months before California joined the United States. The nation also founded a Constitution that was almost verbatim to the United States Constitution but added descriptions of Rough and Ready’s borders, accounting for more than 200 square miles.

 

The town remained its own country until the Fourth of July. The town populace, having grown used to the celebrations associated with American independence and being refused alcohols for being “foreigners” to surrounding bars, held an emergency meeting to rejoin the Union. A recent discovery by the post office, after World War II, revealed that the town had never formally rejoined.