Winter California Style

'Milagro film showcases fight against outsorcing

Core class explores African cuisine, culture

Metrolink's holiday train
collects toys for needy

Family Fun Day promotes literacy among youth

Festival raises funds for Pilgrim's Place

'Redwall' series author visits
La Verne bookstore

Central Asia's finest musicians come to Pomona

Bono calls for action in Africa

Wellness Fair examines student, computer health

Families flock to Cal Poly Pumpkin Festival

Pomona honors fight against domestic violence at vigil

Younger designers break the crafting mold

Documentary sheds light on credit card debt problem

Claremont unearths time capsule

Matt's Run 5K fuels scholarship fund

Auction raises funds for child development center

U.S. poverty, inequality gap widens

Submerged in a neon trance

Stump photography studio proves successful

Summer box office nears record high

Community gathers to experience a 'Taste of La Verne'

L.A. air fails yet again

Fashion inspirations can be found on the street

Cheap, chic and modern businesses fulfill consumer expectations

Please don't feed the punk rockers

Survey says: students look forward to summer sequels

Upland's own gift shop is unique compared to many

Generations proves antiques biz is a labor of love

Shut down of pipeline forces conservation in La Verne

A 'Garden Affair' to remember

Claremont's Packing House is turned into a place for art

A twilight cruise back into the past

Festival offers Easter extravaganza

Movie Review:
Here's to you, 'Meet the Robinsons'

ASULV seeks improved gym hours

Senior citizens keep active with cards

La Verne offers a variety for restaurant goers

Toy show brings back popular pastimes

Big fat jazz band invades the Press Restaurant

Public artwork influences
La Verne

Glass House offers alternative mix of sounds

Supermarkets revisit contract controversy

Exhibit captures 'Wild Things' of nature

La Verne's past does grow on trees

Camellia enthusiam catches on

Class technology gives students options

Report concludes increase in college volunteers

Ice House brings the laugh

'Drum!' unites cultures through rhythm

Mark Olson brings the folk out

Exhibit explores life's ups and downs

The Press gets its country on

Parade of costumes marches on

Food brings out crowd for diversity celebration

Dracula dances into hearts

Lecture warns of MySpace dangers

Comedian provides large dose of laughter

Harvest Festival shines despite rain

Protecting privacy on the net

Guard your eyes from
'The Guardian'

Tech guru leads blogging workshop

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

The Hereafter rock softly

The Ride of Your Life

Don't diss 'The Last Kiss'

LaMontagna lights the way with 'Till the Sun Turns Black'

Local game store boasts wide selection, customer care

Lachey loses what's left of him

Typical teen flick fails to 'Stick It'

Spanish cuisine adds spice to Pasadena

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo continue console war

Thespians spin soft news for laughs

Family market place's popularity expected to increase

Child obesity super-sized to an epidemic

La Verne prepares for natural disasters at expo

Dating trends jump on the technological train

Yianni's offers original Greek cuisine

ULV sisterhood embraces new sorority

Seniors' handy work displayed at craft fair

Old Town shop keeps classics rolling

Pizzeria offers new twist on classic dish

La Verne's citrus history captured at Heritage Park

Local works displayed at art show

Labels and musicians not dying by digital music

Downtown La Verne parking taken by ULV students

Public smoking ordinance unrealistic for La Verne

College Connections exposes students to college campus

Sexual harassment report brings awareness

Sweethearts Dance brings community together

Housing bubble could pop
with increased interest rates

Students offer last minute
gift ideas

Staying alive: Folk music

Morning-after pill accessible
despite FDA delays

Life after college
on seniors' minds

Students on a budget reveal
holiday shopping tips

Arts Colony Latino exhibit
paints beauty of struggle

Faith's Comfort Food survives
with a homemade touch

Old Town shops not afraid
of Wal-Mart shadow

Pomona Public Library shows
literacy is no trivial matter

Prop. 73 revisits abortion laws
for minors

Depeche Mode returns
to explore love and purpose

Rival propositions 78 and 79 battle over medical benefits

Spirits return on
'El dia de los muertos'

Obesity weighs heavy in football

Cal Poly Pomona brings in the harvest

Students on forefront of AIDS activism

Grand Avenue Festival brings
diverse entertainment

Youth intervention agency expands local services

Candlelight Pavillion welcomes nostalgic musical 'Forever Plaid'

Anthony Caro exhibit makes Scripps first stop in U.S. tour

Jonathan Reed goes live

Fair lures job-seeking Leos

Concerts close to home

Students try to look good for summer months

Public reaction divided on sex education initiative

Grade inflation a concern among ULV faculty

Fears ease in wake of meningitis case

A money making hobby

Diesel fuel vehicles on the rise

Stem cell research exhibits
incredible potential

Drowsy driving common
among Americans

'My Space' captivates
quite an audience

Shari's Subs breaking through on D Street

Clarke waits for opportunity
in NHL

College students victims of credit cards

Gas prices continue to climb

Guitarists have no worries with the Fret House

Huerta remembers the late Cesar Chavez

Ultramarathons prove to be tough tests

Spring break right around the corner

Sports play huge roles in many lives

Measure S passes by narrow margin

Kendrick and Harden fill city council positions

El Saadawi speaks on women's rights

Democratic speakers discuss changes

Cross country remains a staple of Kenyan culture

Military recruiters target ULV

Measure S to maintain public services in La Verne

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Winter California Style
Posted Feb. 20, 2008

Winter weather may be coming to a close in Southern California. Winters here are hardly ever dependable, changing from year to year and day to day. 

This season has been no different and while many may think that the weather this winter has been extreme, it may be that they have forgotten what a rainstorm is like in Southern California and what that entails.

Dry weather throughout the past couple of years is at the forefront of most minds.

“They tend to forget,” said Jim Ashby, service climatologist of the Western Regional Climate Center.     

He said that just three years ago in February the rainfall in Los Angeles was around 11 inches and this year it is at only five inches.     

Ashby said one of the storms in January, which included hail, a tornado in Long Beach and enough snow to lower the snow level to 3000 feet, was not unheard of.

This winter has not been record setting Ashby said.

California weather may not be atypical, but it is also not easy to deal with.  Because of the fires in late 2007, homeowners in some fire areas were evacuated from their homes that were in danger of being washed away by mudslides. 

Flash-flood warnings went into effect during the rains in January and heavy snowfall caused traffic problems on the Interstate 5.

The rest of the country is facing problems caused by the weather as well.  Tornadoes hit southern states including Tennessee Feb. 5 leaving over 50
dead and dozens injured.

Locally La Verne has not faced any great catastrophe according to Bill Aguirre, the parks and recreation director for the city. 

According to the Huffington Post, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog from Punxsutawney, PA, saw his shadow Feb. 2.

Following tradition that translates to six more weeks of winter.

If the groundhog is right, six more weeks of winter in Southern California could mean anything from rainstorms and dragging out the umbrella to shirt and short weather and sunbathing in February at the local beaches.

It could also lead to more time to enjoy the snow in the local mountains.

In January storms brought so much snow that Mount Wilson had to use snowplows and was forced to shut down telescopes. 

More snow will benefit those wishing to participate in skiing, snowboarding and other snow-related activities and also help with much-needed water in
Southern California. 

One main concern for Southern Californians may be deciding on the weather-appropriate wardrobe. 

“The change is really drastic,” Cassandra Gonzalez, sophomore anthropology major from the University of La Verne said. 

Gonzalez said the day-to-day change in weather is frustrating because she never knows what to wear.  

“It is a change from the previous year,” Karen Trinh junior accounting major from ULV said. 

Though the weather in Southern California is hardly dependable, it has not been extreme this season.

With the ever-changing weather, locals never know what to expect and have to be ready for anything.

Susan Acker can be reached at