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In Menlo Park — and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere — the Summer Solstice arrives this evening at 9:24 pm. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “[This is] when the sun is the farthest from the equator. Days are not ‘longer,’ they simply have more daylight.”

The sun rose this morning at 5:47 am and will set 8:34 pm, amounting to 14  hours and 46 minutes of daylight. Continues Bill: “At that point the ‘solstice’ sets in which means the sun starts in the other direction. By December 21st we will experience less than 10 hours of daylight.”

This year’s Solstice comes amidst a heat wave that is sweeping northern California with record-breaking temperatures. Sunday was practically brutal with temps in the high 90s in the daytime and high 80s lasting well into the evening in Menlo Park. Last night was pleasant, perfect for an outdoor BBQ.

Meanwhile, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation from 2:00 pm to 9:00 p. on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2:00 pm and after 9:00 pm, and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

We salute the Solstice with a dawn shot taken by InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles one morning at boot camp on the Stanford campus.

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Noon downpour adds to seasonal rainfall in Menlo Park

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Yep, that was the wet stuff falling from the sky around the noon hour in Menlo Park today, an event that lasted 30 minutes or so. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Recorded only .05″ in my gauge, bringing my season-to-date total to 34.45″. I realize some Menlo Park neighborhoods may have had more rain.” […]

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Yep – that was rain you heard during the night

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Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: ” Another .1″ during the night. Now at 34.4″ season-to-date. This will be quickly forgotten as the sky is clearing and the birds are chirping. I am curious when my final report will be.” Looking ahead, no rain is forecast until a week from today. But that could change. Hang […]

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More April showers make for more pretty flowers

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Yep, the rain keeps coming, but more in the form of off again/on again showers. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.3″ from late yesterday afternoon through 8:00 am this morning, bringing our season-to-date total to 34.3.” And it was just about 8:00 that the skies opened up again! The rose was photographed on a walk […]

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Easter is less soggy in Menlo Park than other parts of Bay Area

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How the rainy weather affected your Easter plans depended on where you were celebrating in the Bay Area. This reporter spent the morning to early afternoon just on the other side of the Caldecott tunnel where it alternated between heavy mist and drenching downpours. But here in Menlo drier conditions prevailed, with InMenlo weather watcher Bill […]

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These spring flowers are blooming brightly thanks to all the rain

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Walking to the Stanford Shopping Center along Bay Laurel this week, it was impossible to ignore the abundance of blooms. We checked in with Menlo Park resident Kathy Brenzel, who served as Sunset’s garden editor for many years when the magazine was in Menlo Park. She emailed: “[All] this rain has done wonders for home gardens. My […]

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Will the rain ever end? Menlo Park residents wonder

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InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ has been recording rainfall in his central Menlo Park backyard since 1995-96. Only once has he gotten reading over 30 inches, that was the record-breaking 38.6″ in 1997-98. The overnight and morning rain in Menlo Park added another .45″ to his total for the 2016-17 rain year, bringing that number […]

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Wow – that was some rain overnight in Menlo Park

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“Wow,” was the thought that came into InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ’s head when he checked his two weather gauges this morning at 8:00 am. “I was astounded to see 1.1″ in both,” he telephoned. That gives me 33.3″ season-to-date. And they tell me more is on the way!” Photo of Lake Lagunita as full as […]

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Another heritage Oak falls in Menlo Park – we get some answers why

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Just two days after commenting on InMenlo about a couple of downed Oaks in Menlo Park, Jon Lechich experienced nature’s wrath first hand. He emailed: “Well, fortunately this Oak did not cause major damage to either homes on Mills St. But it could have taken a life, but that was not in the cards. “Our […]

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Squeezing out more rain in advance of drier weather ahead

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Menlo Park residents once again awoke to sunny skies and wet streets this morning. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.05″ in my gauge this morning. Not much but now 32.2″ season-to-date.” What the rain did last week was bring a lot of the spring blossoms to the ground as shown in photo by Robb […]

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A bit more rain pushes annual total upward

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “It seems funny to give you a rain report when it is sunny outside this Saturday morning. Still, .2″ fell late yesterday afternoon and during the night. My season-to-date total now 32.15″.” Photo of pretty rain-drenched red flower by Robb Most

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