Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rain: Lots More Rain (March 16-20)

The weather forecasters were right. Lots of rain this week. Yesterday and the night before, we got another 1.95 inches of rain, which brings our total for the 2010-2011 rainy season to 28.80 inches. The historical average for Santa Rosa on March 16 is 26.80 inches, so that puts us well ahead of normal. Some locations in Santa Rosa have already reported nearly 32 inches this season, which is above the historical annual average for Santa Rosa of 31.01 inches. More rain is forecast for the coming days. It looks like we won't have a droughty summer this year.

[Update: A big storm--the biggest we've had in several years--blew through last night, the night of the 19th, and dumped another 3.2 inches of rain on Santa Rosa. As of the morning of the 20th, our total stood at 32.00 inches--already more rain than the 31.01 inches of an average year here (the official rain season runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year). By March 20, the average accumulated rainfall in Santa Rosa has been 27.24 inches historically, so we are now almost fives inches above normal, but one site I monitor in Santa rosa has reported almost 2.5 inches more than we've had. In any case, we've had a lot of rain in the past week (and it's still drizzling)--more than enough, if you ask me. It's getting a bit tiresome, but I'm willing to put up with it if it means not having to worry about the plants as much over the long, dry summer ahead.]

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