I used to have a boss who would practically foam at the mouth whenever someone used this phrase, which since we worked in a dental office in southern California, was pretty darned frequently. For some reason patients would figure that since he was a doctor, he MUST KNOW about all things scientific, or even pseudoscience--of which there is a multitude, as everyone knows.
Be that as it may, every time we
have this strange, still, hot-during-the-day-and-cool-at-night weather,
it summons up the spectre of 'Earthquake Weather'. Everyone tosses off
the phrase lightly, but still with a nervous laugh. Today was a perfect
example, and tonight it suddenly got VERY foggy, but still with not the
slightest breeze. It's as if southern California is holding it's
breath in anticipation. I've noticed it makes people decidedly on-edge
and jumpy. To make matters worse, yesterday and today we DID have a
couple of minor tremors, somewhere between 2.1 and 2.9 on the Richter
scale, pretty much right under us. Not much if you aren't right there
at the epicenter, but when you are it gets your attention. We used them
to practice our family earthquake drill and N. got into the designated
doorway quickly and without the usual dawdling when asked to do
something. Afterwards we discussed again what to do in an earthquake,
etc. Good practice.
I really like fog, as long as I can stay
home and enjoy it--driving in it sucks. I do wish there was a bit of a
breeze though, as the air is very still and dead. Uck.