Words you never hear in LA: a hurricane is coming

A sign advising high surf in in Newport Beach, California, on July 24, 2009. Hurricane Rosa created big waves for surfers, but little rain.
A sign advising high surf in in Newport Beach, California, on July 24, 2009. Hurricane Rosa created big waves for surfers, but little rain.
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If you were hoping Hurricane Rosa would drench Southern California, we're sorry to disappoint you: the L.A. area is only going to get clouds and a sprinkle of rain. Still, enjoy the change of pace: hurricanes are exceedingly are rare here, because the atmosphere in Southern California is very stable, making it hard for storms to form, and the water is too cold. But warming oceans mean their occurrence could go up. Slightly. 

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.