The rain fell while Menlo slept last night. There was .6″ in my gauge as of 7:30 am. My season-to-date total is 3.3″. That compares to 2″ at the same time in 2011. I would say this was unexcepted. Sitting at 3.3″, as of November 21, it is tempting to project a big rain year when […]

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Latest rain brings season-to-date ahead of last year

by Bill Russ on November 21, 2012

fall color in Menlo Park The rain fell while Menlo slept last night. There was .6" in my gauge as of 7:30 am. My season-to-date total is 3.3". That compares to 2" at the same time in 2011. I would say this was unexcepted. Sitting at 3.3", as of November 21, it is tempting to project a big rain year when you compare to 2' this time last year.  We can hope so. Trouble is we did not know, then, that 2011-12 would be a slim year of rainfall. We need to get well into January to get a better fix. Our last year over 20 inches was 2009-10 at 21.39". As of November 21, 2009 the total was 4.1", a solid figure but we did not know, then either, how good a year it would be. There is so much variability. Does this make any sense? My friend up  west in Sharon Heights is at 4" right now.

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