Wednesday, August 1, 2007
It never thunders in L.A.
After the driest year on record for Los Angeles, I am hoping for some rain. I was talking to someone recently about how there are never any thunderstorms out here in L.A. It's an empty thing, a summer without a few massive thunderstorms. Thunderstorms make you feel as if the atmosphere is gathering heavily above you, crowding down on you. It feels comfy and safe to be inside on a July evening with the air conditioner on as a thunderstorm booms away above. You never get that here in L.A., and it's weird. Instead, the sky is almost always clear and fantastically empty -- nothing but blue space above. It can be a terrifying, agoraphobia-inducing type of clarity in the sky.