Right now, in California, we are in a severe drought. Most people here would love some rain to put out the fires and give us much needed water. However, it looks like we may get what we asked for (and too much of it) this season. What was a tropical depression Thursday has grown to a Category 4 Hurricane Amanda. The first storm of the year is a Category 4. See for yourself: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php. Now so far, everyone is saying that this hurricane will have no effect on the land other than some thunderstorms when it breaks up. I'm not really worried about this hurricane. What I'm concerned with is the fact that the first storm of the season was a Category 4 hurricane that came out of nowhere in 3 days right off the coast of Mexico. We normally have cooler waters that prevent this. Apparently, the waters are warm enough to feed storms this strong and this early in the season. This is going to be a very active summer. I'm hoping we get rain, but not from a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.