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West Coast weather always offers life lessons.

Exuberant in 70F sunshine, even the locals in southern Oregon are bragging about a winter week that has seen average temperatures almost 20 degrees higher than usual.

Then a storm blew in — not the kind with 20-foot waves, but one fierce enough to dissolve the sun and warmth.

We woke to a dark day and drove in rain for almost six hours. This is what awaited us in northern California:

Storm lifting over Northern California coast (Hadi Dadashian photo)

It’s good that we didn’t let that rain spoil our exuberance about being on the coast.  We’re grateful for the inspiring reminder that there is always some light after the darkest days.