Finally, winter is here

15 Feb

We are finally getting some rain.  Days and days and days of it.  There is water in the creek again, thank goodness.  Rain drums on the rooftop.  (And, leaks — Greg heard a strange drip this morning.  Yup, a leak right above his head.  Thankfully, we have a canopy so it hadn’t reached our bed yet.  So, as Spring is approaching, we are finally in the depths of winter here in Boulder Creek.

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Our current rainfall total is 20″.  That’s up significantly from my last report of about 16″.  And, the weather report is showing rain for days!  It’s all good news for the drought although, we are still very far behind where we should be water-wise for the 2nd year in a row.  Last year, we had around 30″ and that’s just about 3/4 of what we should get in a normal winter.    If it stopped raining right now, we’d be about the same as the dryest year on record (going back to 1888) which happened in 1976.  Contrast that to our highest rain year ever which was 100″ of rain in one year.  More typical is 50-70″ of rain in a year.

Anyway, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.  But, in the back of my mind is always that too much rain, too quickly causes landslides and trees to come down and we don’t need that either.  Not to be picky but can we have lots of rain but not too much!

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The rain brings out some local wildlife that I haven’t seen in weeks.

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4 Responses to “Finally, winter is here”

  1. robin andrea 15 February, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    I just read a weather alert at the NWS that said that this storm is going to slam into the coast and stall over Santa Cruz. I think we may be in for a really good amount of rainfall. Here’s hoping it doesn’t stall too long and turn a good thing into a flood.

  2. Paulie 15 February, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Boulder Creek? Where can this be I wonder, so green in Feb?

    I wish I understood Twitter.

    Best,
    P.
    http://sicluceatlux.wordpress.com

  3. Crafty Green Poet 15 February, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    hope you get just the right amount of rain! Lovely photos, specially the deer…

  4. Mary Carlson 16 February, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Better late than not at all! And I’m glad you aren’t floating away. I was wondering about the rainfall in your area. It’s amazing how much more rainfall we still need.

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