Coming back to Southern California after spending winter break in Seattle, I was expecting the sunshine and blue skies the place is famous for. I love gray, rainy, Seattle, but I was looking forward to a change.

Unfortunately, for the last week it's been even colder than it was up north, and raining even harder. Bummer. But what really makes the rain a problem here is the terrible drainage. The few storm drains are completely inadequate, so the streets turn to rivers and pedestrians are forced to wade. It's not pretty.

But, seeing as how I'm going into architecture/urban planning, I decided to document the deluge (there aren't that many photos/videos of stuff like this...probably because they aren't interesting to most people). When I heard the storm reaching an apex, I dashed outside with my camera; it was actually hailing at first. Being outside even for 10 minutes to film this stuff meant I was completely soaked. Worth it.

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