Rain, rain – where are you?

by Bill Russ on December 12, 2011

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With just a trace in my gauge from overnight, there’s been no measurable rain in the Menlo Atherton area since November 20. That’s three weeks stuck at 2″. Last year at this date, the season total was 4.3″.

Meanwhile, we’re moving closer to December 21, the Winter Solstice, commonly referred to as the shortest day of the year. More precisely, it’s the day with the least amount of sunlight. That figure is 9 hours and 35 minutes.

If the San Jose Mercury weather data is correct, that figure of 9 hours and 35 minutes prevails for about 9 days. Interestingly enough, the days with the latest sunrise – 7:21 am – happen at the end of December.

Photo by Scott Loftesness

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