A violent downpour this morning--just after I had finished thinning the shoots on the Cabernet vines--added yet another 0.60 inches of rain to our 2009-2010 total, which is now 31.45 inches. That's above the historical annual average of 31.01 inches and above the historical average for this day (May 9), which is 30.23 inches--and some Santa Rosa stations have reported considerably more rain than us. So far, the timing has been perfect. It's been mostly unnecessary to water much in the garden. The hills are still green. They had already turned brown and dry in the middle of March last year.
[Update: It rained again on May 10, adding 0.2 inches. The total now stands at 31.65 inches.]