Tourists expect California sunshine when they come to Los Angeles -- especially if it's cold at home when they leave. But some visitors to L.A. found their timing off his week, both arriving here and then departing in the rain.
For my latest City Beat, I headed to Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday morning, when the rain was coming down hard. I talked to a lot of tourists wearing ponchos, under umbrellas.
They had wonderful ways of describing the weather.
"Rain played a spoilsport today," said Narjeet Beda of New Delhi.
Read my story in Saturday's newspaper
Tourists under umbrellas, soggy characters in costume -- here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:
View the story "Rain, rain, go away. I'm in L.A. for just one day!" on Storify] Rain, rain, go away! I'm in L.A. for just one day! Imagine planning your big trip to California and then arriving in the pouring rain. That's what happened to many tourists in Los Angeles this week. They found the Hollywood sign too fogged in for photos and Hollywood Boulevard soggy. "The rain played a spoilsport today," said one visitor from India.
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For my next City Beat, I head to Grauman's Chinese Theatre to see the soggy tourists visiting LA's landmarks in the rain.LA Times City Beat
It never rains in Southern California? Come along with me to meet the tourists who came to LA and found out otherwise.LA Times City Beat
This was the only sort of sunshine tourists on Hollywood Boulevard found today: http://pic.twitter.com/THhJkdhgLA Times City Beat
"The rain played a spoilsport today," said Narjeet Beda, visiting LA from New Delhi. http://pic.twitter.com/Tda4owbHLA Times City Beat
"Thursday turned mongrel. And today's even worse," said Malcolm McCarthy of Bundaberg, Australia: http://pic.twitter.com/ZyrrDzK0LA Times City Beat
Rainwater filled the handprints and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre: http://pic.twitter.com/JPjEFk9OLA Times City Beat
On the counter of a gift shop in the Grauman's courtyard, sunblock was not a hot item: http://pic.twitter.com/boUn5DOfLA Times City Beat
Rainy Hollywood, seen through a gift shop's faux Oscars. (Take home Best Lover? Best Lawyer?) http://lockerz.com/s/265467620LA Times City Beat
Umbrellas outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre: http://pic.twitter.com/XEWkYABZLA Times City Beat
Tamaki Nozawa, 2, of Yokohama, Japan, seemed nonplussed by Hollywood Boulevard: http://pic.twitter.com/oC9YAMP3LA Times City Beat
Starline Tours' Homa Bayan wore big sunglasses as she lured tourists out of the rain, onto buses: http://pic.twitter.com/sckm2YYOLA Times City Beat
Water had collected in Morgan Freeman's handprint. Kwangwoon Son, of Seoul, made a splash posing: http://pic.twitter.com/gYD9jCVVLA Times City Beat
The characters are out rain or shine, of course. Omar Budhoo said he was a vegetarian zombie: http://pic.twitter.com/BRl5HecyLA Times City Beat
Budhoo had the slick sidewalk to himself until Spider-Man showed up: http://pic.twitter.com/ixk8DLyALA Times City Beat
The two posed with an Australian family straight off the plane: http://pic.twitter.com/qXGBllW3LA Times City Beat
They got to split a pile of Australian change: http://pic.twitter.com/ilv326xhLA Times City Beat
The sun was a no-show for some LA tourists this week. Read my latest City Beat on soggy sightseers: http://lat.ms/UyyeZoLA Times City Beat
-- Nita Lelyveld
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"Why so serious?" Joker impersonator Mitchell Schonberner asks tourists who pass him in the rain on Hollywood Boulevard next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times / November 30, 2012)