OSCAR CARPET RUSHED OUT IN ADVANCE OF EXPECTED STORMS
About a day earlier than motion-picture academy officials announced it was likely to happen, the red carpet was rolled out onto a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday night (25 FEB. 2014) for the 86th Annual Academy Awards -- and with less than an hour's notice to media outlets.
So why the rush?
Blame what the National Weather Service warned would be two storms, the second being "the strongest the area has experienced in about three years."
Forecasters are predicting above-average rainfall, gusty winds, maybe even thunderstorms -- nothing for many parts of the planet, but a big deal for Los Angeles, where mild-and-sunny days are the norm.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards is set for Sunday 2 March, for which the weather service forecasts partly cloudy conditions and only 10 percent chance of rain.