When I post about the drought in California, I inevitably get emails/comments from people basically saying whatevs, no biggy. Months ago when I posted a link to an article about the downgrading of the El Nino probability I got a few angry emails about how it was bullshit.
And, you know, I have no idea! But it's September. El Nino is still likely to be a bust. The drought is still severe. I have no idea what will happen. But the responses remind me of how locals explained the movie Magnolia when I lived in SoCal (the frog apocalypse metaphor specifically). Basically, every California resident expects and is in extreme denial of the inevitable arrival of doomsday. They know they're living on fault lines, but no one should ever point it out. Because it's California, baby.