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Los Angeles nearly freezes, nearly panics

Los Angeles nearly freezes, nearly panics
Visitors to the pier at Santa Monica, Calif., battle strong winds and frigid temperatures Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Almost one year ago to the day, The Los Angeles Times posted a scathing editorial chastising Seattle for freaking out over some snow - never mind that snow went on to transform into the greatest ice storm that our region has seen in the past century.

Among the editorial was this gem:

"The snowstorm had been forecast to be the worst to hit the Puget Sound region in 30 years, an ominous warning that scared easily scareable Seattleites."

Fast forward 362 days to Monday, when Downtown Los Angeles set a record for coldest temperature they had experienced in the past 22 years.

How cold? 30? 20? -10?

Try 34 degrees. Not even to the freezing mark. (For the record, the *high* in Seattle that day they mocked us was 32.)

How is Los Angeles coping with this weather that could almost -- almost! -- turn water to ice?

Not easily:



Los Angeles Magazine, only half tongue in cheek, had an article today referencing that Kimmel video: "Pray for us, it's cold."

The author, a Chicago native pens: "If I’m cold—and I am—then natives certainly have every reason to complain.  Sorry, we’re not sorry."

That's fine. Just remember that next time it snows in Seattle.

Oh, and before we load up the semi trucks full of blankets, it's still going to reach into the mid-upper 50s during the daytime.