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I grew up in Louisiana, where it rains eighty inches a year fairly consistently. We have real seasons down there, so I’ve always been amused at the attitude of those in the Bay Area who get all worked up about tiny temperature fluctuations or the occasional bolt of lightning.

Over the past few years, there’s been less rain than normal, and of course purveyor-of-all-things-gloomy ZeroHedge was having a field day with stories about how this wasn’t just a normal drought, but the end of California. Article after article appeared stating that the “new normal” for California was the desert-like condition that, according to some, was the norm for the state. (more…)