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Skies were clear by the time the school rush began this morning, but raindrops could be heard on roofs during the night. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “An even .1” in both my back yard gauges. Adding in the earlier .1“…that is .2” season-to-date. It is time for me to dig up last year’s data for comparative purposes!”

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Amidst booms and lightning, also the first rainfall of the season

We here at InMenlo are keeping to the traditional rainfall season that starts July 1 and ends June 30. And while there was a lot of lightening and thunder, the rain that fell in the recent downpour measured just .1″, according to InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. We recall at least one good thunderstorm every […]

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Spotted: Fiery sun rising at start of another hot day in Menlo Park

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People have commented that “the sun looks mad” as it rises in red fiery glow over the eastern hills. It is signally another hot day in Menlo Park with temperatures forecast to top out at 104 degrees later this afternoon. Tomorrow it’s only supposed to get to 94 degrees. Yikes. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c)2017

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2016-17 rain year comes to an end today

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Sticking with the “old” rain year dates of July 1- June 30 means the rain year that began last year comes to a close today. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “I measured 34.4” in my backyard gauges during the past rain year. “The Mercury News prints data for 60 cities. Boulder Creek was the most […]

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Heat wave and Summer Solstice coincide in Menlo Park

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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 […]

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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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