VENTURA, CA - A winter storm system escaped detection, dumping several inches of rain on this coastal California city. "We were watching all night," said National Weather Service spokesperson Amanda Wynn. "Radar had the storm spotted, but it slipped past us. We think it went inland, then doubled back west, traveling low to avoid radar." And if the storm had been continuously tracked? "Same amount of rain," said Wynn, "but we would've felt better. It's embarrassing to lose something that huge. Maybe we could shoot tracking darts into storms like they do with bears? Then we could follow the system by helicopter. I don't know. I'm just spit-balling."