Welcome to La La Land! The Land Of Sunshine...Sort Of
Josh Rubenstein, Los Angeles Police Department, Studio City, CA
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Abstract
Welcome to the land of sunny skies, swimming pools, and movie stars.  You’ve heard the song…It Never Rains In Southern California.  Well 2017 certainly put that phrase to shame.  I will give our members a snapshot of the very active winter season here in Southern California.  We will look back at the disappointing El Nino last year (which contributed to my change in career).  Which will take us to the predictions of a La Nina this year (normally dry…but one of the wettest seasons we’ve seen in years).

I will make a case that many may find troubling.  Forecasting the weather in Southern California is probably some of the hardest forecasting in the entire nation.  Our geographic features, unique synoptic scale systems, immense population, expansive metropolitan area, and two forecast offices dividing that population make our region a “hot mess” for the average forecaster.

I will also give everyone a top 10 list of sites to see in Southern California