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Rain’s In The Forecast, Which Means I’m Not Goin’ Out!


Not because I can’t drive in the rain or that I’m scared to drive in the rain.  I grew up where it rains ALL THE TIME!  So no worries there.  I’m worried about everyone else.  A little rain falls in southern California and, all of a sudden, it’s like a war-zone on the roads!  I know, I KNOW!  Almost everywhere else on the planet, a little rain doesn’t cause an apocalyptic traffic situation, but it does here!  And I don’t want to go out in it.



Now, in the Washington DC area where I grew up, if snow is in the forecast, an amazing thing happens.  All the bread, toilet paper, and milk disappears from the grocery store shelves.

Reuter shows empty shelves as a snowstorm hits the East coast.

It is almost like magic!  It doesn’t even matter if the snow actually comes, everyone suddenly feels an immense and irresistible need to buy bread, toilet paper, and milk.  And if snow actually falls, WATCH OUT!  With as little as an inch of the white stuff, it is like a ghost town!  School is cancelled, the government closes or goes on liberal leave, and everyone stays inside!

Back to soCal, in case you haven’t been watching or reading the news, we’re experiencing a really serious drought.

We have no snow!

Like so serious that farmers may not be able to grow a whole lot this year.

Fields are barren.

And that will impact everyone in the entire US of A!  Food prices will go up, and it’s possible some items may be more expensive and difficult to obtain.  I’m not worried that there won’t be food, but I am a bit worried about how much it will cost to feed my family.

Ranchers are losing their herds.

With wages stagnant and food costs already creeping up, it is imperative that we have some rain for everyone’s sake.  (Personally, I’ve been praying for rain in California along with many other like minded individuals.  It would be great if you’d join me and say a little prayer asking for rain in California.)

Many are praying for rain.

Having rain in the forecast is a BIG DEAL!  And avoiding danger by staying off of the roads is a big priority for me.  This is one of those real life, regularly occurring situations where it is nice to have a little bit of extra food at home.   Thankfully, I’m stocked up on soups and other canned goods, I have food in the freezer, milk in the fridge, and ingredients to make almost anything else I could want.

I am prepared.

What about you? 

Do you have enough food at home to go a few days without a trip to the grocery store? 

How about a week?  Longer?

Have you ever seen the grocery shelves stripped bare due to an impending storm or a natural disaster?


Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

16 thoughts on “Rain’s In The Forecast, Which Means I’m Not Goin’ Out!

  1. You aren’t alone. Rain in South Carolina must bring out all the bad drivers. There are so many accidents with even just a little rain. And snow, don’t even think about it…stores pillaged, schools and everything shut down. Then of course we have hurricanes too… Always something!


  2. Great questions and tips! As a fellow Southern Californian, I also dread when it rains only because people forget how to drive! haha. I guess it’s something we have to deal with when we are usually blessed with amazing weather…


  3. It’s the same here, bread is not “magically delicious “either, but a necessary item if indeed one is stranded inside.


  4. Hope you get some rain. We could use some too, here in the NW corner of Oklahoma!


  5. To answer your last questions: yes, yes, yes, and yes! Not a whole lot longer than that, but at least long enough to tide us over in case of a snowstorm, or running out of funds at the end of the month kind of thing. It’s not pretty when those items get wrenched off the shelves. The aisles are full of carts, no one’s watching where they’re going, and unlike out of the roads, there is nothing to protect me from their wild carts. Been slightly hurt a few times, so just another incentive to keep my small stockpile stocked up.


  6. I usually buy the essentials once a week. Of course, here in the Central Valley of California we don’t have to worry about getting snowed in.

    Thankfully, we are getting a lot of rain today with several more days of rain in the forecast.


  7. Sounds like when it shows in the UK, all winter we always have extra bread and milk in the freezer


  8. I’ll swap you some of our rain for some of your sun! Here in England it’s rained pretty much constantly for a month… Everywhere is flooded, some towns had to be evacuated and roads have been closed… It’s horrendous!


    • I’ve read a little bit about the crazy amounts of rain you’re getting in England. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all could have just the right amount of rain? Not too much, not too little?

      I hope you’re safe and able to still get where you need to go.


      • Thanks! Th flooding isn’t so bad where I am, but my family are all on the south coast and it’s been horrendous. I’ve never seen so much rain!

        Personally, I think it would be best if it only rained between 2 and 5am when we’re all asleep, and was sunny the rest of the time (except for the designated snow weeks) x


  9. I’m so glad that you’re getting much-needed rain. I worry that we ask too much of California’s environment and that we have become too reliant for our food on too small an area.
    Good reminders of how important it is to keep food on hand (and to produce as much of our own food as possible).


  10. I hear you about people not being able to drive in the rain. The last snowstorms we had in NY, the people driving in them should never have been allowed out of their homes LOL they were more dangerous than the weather. And on top of it most didn’t have the proper tires one their REGULAR cars not SUV’s 🙂


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