Deadlands Noir: Sweet L.A.
Lost Angels is known for its consistently warm weather. Temperatures typically average around 70 degrees (21 C), rarely falling below 50(10 C), even in the winter. It was this reliable weather, in part, that drew the early movie studios to come west, knowing they would be able to shoot their pictures all year round and could predict fairly accurately what conditions would be like.
The rapid industrialization of Lost Angels has created a new situation, however, one where the constant high temperatures are less welcome. In the last two years or so, the city of Lost Angels has begun to experience dense smog, particularly in the summer months. The huge number of motor cars along with the billowing smoke from the various heavy industries—and in particular the toxic fumes given off by the ghost rock refineries—create a potent chemical soup that can drift into the city if there is an onshore breeze. Trapped by the mountains that surround Lost Angels, this choking fog can cause serious illness or hospitalization to those who remain exposed for prolonged periods.
On those few days when rain falls, the smog can cause a mild acidic rain to fall. The inhabitants were the first to coin the term ‘ghost rain’ for the phenomenon, as the soft sound of sobbing seems to accompany the ghost rock-infused downpour, and any caught in the rain suffer terrifying dreams for a few nights after.