Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “[I found] .35″ of rain in my gauge this morning, raising my season-to-date total to 17.85″. This may not seem like a lot but seperate your fingers to approximate .35″ and realize that much rain fell on Menlo Park overnight. Also, 17.85″ does not qualify, in my opinion, as a drought year [for Menlo itself]. It does follow several low years, and the Sierra snowpack, as reported elsewhere, is non-existent.”
The accompanying photo is a protea in the Menlo Park backyard of Carolyne Zinko and Dan Dieguez, who, according to Carolyne, gets all the credit for making things grow there. She notes that they are blooming early this year.