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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday Week’s Weather Patterns Don’t Dampen Local Spirits

• Full Rain Gauges and Nighttime Cold Add Wintery Touches to Malibu’s Sense of the Season

Malibuites didn’t require the assistance of official meteorological advisories to know that the last two weeks of December was being marked by days and nights of bone-chilling cold and umbrella-soaking rain.
The weather spurts of pleasant, even if only lukewarm, respite in between the storms appeared timed to acknowledge the holidays, but local residents quickly determined that it will be wise to keep rain gear at the ready through at least the first week of the new year.
As for the days immediately ahead, Los Angeles County has issued a rain advisory for all public beaches through Saturday, Dec. 29.
Because of the current rainfall, the Los Angeles County Health Officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit county beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
The advisory notes that bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters through these outlets.
“Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing,” according to Jonathan Fielding, the LAC public health director and health officer.
“We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill,” Fielding added.
Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from the county advisory, which will be in effect until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, but may be extended depending on further rainfall.
Recorded information updates  on county beach conditions are available 24-hours a day on the LAC beach closure hotline: 1-800-525-5662.
Information is also available online at LAC public health website located at: www.publichealth.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued wind advisories for areas within Los Angeles County, but as yet they do not include the Santa Monica (Malibu) Range and the Ventura County Mountains.
Preliminary tallies of rainfall indicates that the greater Malibu area may have exceeded most area totals. Persons with calibrated rain gauges determined to be accurate are invited to email their  precipitation totals, dates and times to the Malibu Surfside News at

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