For the British, an inch of snow is enough to throw the whole country into a tizz and grind all transport to a standstill. For the Californians, it's rain. We have a weather warning in force this weekend here in the Bay Area. Must be serious! I checked. We're expecting between half an inch and an inch of rain but as it's "the first significant rain event of the season" they are warning drivers to be careful because obviously they've forgotten how to drive in rain in the last four to five months.
Reminds me of the BBC correspondent, David Willis, writing about the serious storms in LA last Spring which were causing "end of the world" statements from the forecasters. As he said then "