6 Feb

Chickadee in the rain

On the verge of a gigantic drought, we are so relieved to have a few days of steady rain.  The rain beating on the rooftops is a delight.  I’ve mentioned in the past that I live in a most unusual rainforest.  We get the vast majority of our rain in the winter.  Our rainy season starts in October and runs through like May.   A typical year shows around 50″ of rain with the range running from 20″ to 112″.

2007-2008   37.60″
2006-2007  27.35″
2005-2006  63.94″
2003-2004  45.22″
1997-1998   90.64″

As you can see, we have had significantly less rain in recent years than in years prior to that.  The 64″ and 45″ years are more typical when you check our historical records.  The 91″ year was atypical at the other end of the spectrum — that was the infamous El Nino year in California with flooding all over the place.

This year, so far, we have about 16″ of rain.  It’s disturbingly low.  While we’ve been enjoying the warm sunny days, we would actually like to not run out of water by mid-June.   It’s especially worrisome since usually January and February are our biggest rain months.  January came and went with very little rain.

So, while I’ve enjoyed the nice weather, I’d rather see gray skies and liquid sunshine for awhile, if it’s not too much trouble!  Our redwood trees need it.  Our streams and rivers need it.  My garden (such as it is) certainly needs it!

So, let it rain!  Let it rain!  Let it rain!

Stats taken from SLV Water Districts data.


6 Responses to “”

  1. robin andrea 6 February, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    It is such a relief to have these few days of rain. We put in a very tiny little patch of vegetable garden on Wednesday, hoping to catch the first real rain of the season. Every growing thing is going to love this rainfall.

    I’m glad you posted the numbers. I had been wondering what the rainfall amounts had been the past few years. 16″ is pretty scary, I’m glad it’s being added to right now.

  2. John 6 February, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    Glad you’re finally getting some rain!

  3. jayne 6 February, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    It certainly is scary to think about running out by the hot months. Hope you all will be getting some good soaking rains soon.

  4. amarkonmywall 6 February, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Yes, let it rain! Seriously, I’ve never met a rain I didn’t love, except maybe once in Belize, on day 17.
    I’m glad you’re getting some drought relief. Off to see Robin Andrea- since my computer has no memory for familiar links yet I’m sort of crashing other people’s comments. 🙂

  5. Mike 7 February, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    A Chestnut-backed Chickadee! I haven’t seen one of these critters in a long time. We’ve got Black-capped everywhere here but I’d look forward to meeting those winsome rufous-backed West Coast birds again.

  6. bevson 11 February, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    I haven’t seen a Chestnut-backed Chickadee since I was in Oregon, a few years ago.

    I had to chuckle at amarkonmywall about his disliking rain on day 17 in Belize. I had a similar loathing of rain in Costa Rica. But still, better rain, then snow.

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