A lowdown on the snowdown (or raindown, depending on the case):
California is going to be its own private island providing the rain and mudslides don't stop. Earlier in the week, up and down the state, people were stuck in the mud because it rained so heavily for some counties, that some cars became encapsulated in thick mud. Others got carried away by rain, while home owners were left swimming in their basements. After doing a brief search on the Internets, I found some articles that read like Science Fiction novels - some parts of the state got hail (while the northern part snow), others got rain, someone got a tornado (oh, no, Auntie Em!), tidal surges were aplenty, and Mother Nature still ain't done! At one point in the week, the whole state was in such disarray, there was no moving and the Governator filed for a State Of Emergency in 6 counties. I think someones been smoking too much of their medicinal marijuana and forgot to shut off the bad weather tap...
Heading east, the "mid west" and southern states decided that they are tired of hot weather (the southern states), so they too got snow for Christmas. Snow covered places like Colorado must have said it's too much for them, so they sent the fluffy stuff flying. Like some counties in northern California, places like Alabama and Tennessee, who are relative strangers to cold, nasty blankets, got a taste of what shoveling means. They got buried with snow mid week and as soon as they got tired of it, they sent it further (north)east.
So I'm going to end my ramblings right here and provide a little slide show. I went out and shovelled a path in my driveway and back deck. Just in case I needed to get out in an "emergency". Happy trails, and stay warm!