NorCal Gully Washer

Violet's Vibes

This former Louisianan once accustomed to ten times the California rainfall stayed inside her Northern California (NorCal) abode today, not even venturing out to the mailbox during the gully washer. How strong is a gully washer? A rainstorm a couple of notches stronger than raining cats and dogs.

Raining cats and dogs

We have lots of gullies here in the East San Francisco Bay area, but this storm didn’t stick to surrounding mountains, valley ravines, and nature trails. It poured over rock-solid parched ground, raced over concrete sidewalks, and created lakes on streets, drowning floundering automobiles. It toppled trees and filled gutters with debris. Right now, water pours from a clogged rain gutter, cascading outside my window like Yosemite Falls.

Rain Gutter Inspection

Meteorologists attribute this storm to the “Pineapple Express,” extra moisture from the tropics. But, I admit it’s my fault. Well, maybe I share the responsibility with Californians who berated the weather forecasters and scolded…

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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