rainfall in Menlo Park and Atherton

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The early morning sprinkles that got plants and streets wet, but not much more, had passed through by mid-morning. New clouds threatened this afternoon, but there was no more rainfall as of 4:00 pm.

Reports Sally Russ, who joins Bill this rainfall season in reporting the number of inches: “I went hopefully to the rain gauge and found one large drop, like a big tear, on the bottom of the gauge.”

A shame given that it was the first precipitation since .2″ fell April 16, meaning it’s been one long dry spell, absent of a seasonal thunderstorm that often rolls through in late August or September.

InMenlo weather watcher Bill reported last May: “13.3” was our 17’-18’ season . That compares to an abundant 34.45″ the previous year.”

Now that we’re into a new weather year, which began on October 1, what are the chances for a return of El Niño? We turned to The California Weather Blog, overseen by Dr. Daniel Swain, to get some insight.

He wrote in September: “In California, there’s quite a bit of folklore surrounding El Niño – even in the water resources and weather communities, where opinions vary widely. For some folks, El Niño means lots of rain; La Niña means drought. For others, the importance of El Niño/La Niña (ENSO) oscillations are seen as largely unimportant, or highly unreliable…in short: ENSO certainly isn’t everything when it comes to California precipitation, but on the other hand particularly strong El Niño and La Niña events are quite likely to be consequential. Current seasonal projections for 2019 suggest a high likelihood of a weak to moderate El Niño event.”

You can read all of what Dr. Swain wrote here.

Photo of backyard tomato covered with morning rain by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Downpours throughout the day in Menlo Park

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Anyone who was around Menlo Park and Atherton today know that when the off and on again rain came down, it was with gusto! Emails inMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “The 5:00 pm downpour put .1” in my gauge. A total of .4” for the day and seasonal total now 9.2”. Photo by Robb Most […]

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Another rain storm pounds Menlo Park – the weekend promises a respite

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After a brief respite, it started raining again this morning in Menlo Park. And that meant more flooded roadways and a roaring San Francisquito Creek. Menlo Park resident Frannie Allen took the dramatic photo (top) at the corner of Cambridge and El Camino. Shortly before noon, InMenlo contributing photographer took a photo (below) of the […]

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All the rain causes flooded roadways and a close watch on San Francisquito Creek

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The pounding overnight rain continued into Tuesday causing road closures and San Francisquito Creek to be at its highest level in years. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 3:30 pm today: “Another .4″ since my morning report, That is 1.8″ for this storm. Now 22.8″ season-to-date.” Among the road closures that occurred: Marsh Rd exits […]

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Another thunderstorm greets Menlo residents this morning

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PM update: With the sun shining, here is my up to date and final report as of 3:05 pm. That would be an additional .15″. My total is 18.45″.” Is this some new daily occurrence? For the second morning in a row, thunder rolled through Menlo Park. Reported InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.9″ as of […]

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Goodbye sun! The rain is back in Menlo Park

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The reprieve from the rain that started on Friday lasted until the wee hours of the morning today. Except for a couple of hours around school/commute time, it’s rained steadily. That’s fine by the ducks who populate the pond near Menlo Park City Hall. InMenlo contributing photographer captured an encounter with a woman and a […]

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Is that sun peaking through in Menlo Park?

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The storms that swept through the area for the past few days brought with them, at times, heavy winds, causing umbrellas to go inside out, as photographer Robb Most captured. This morning is cool with the sun making an appearance amidst the clouds. And it appears we’ll be getting a break from the rain until […]

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The wet stuff keeps falling overnight in Menlo Park

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Is it getting to be the case that it’s unusual not to hear rain on the roof when awakening? Yes, that was more rain falling early this morning, part of the storm that put another .95″ in InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ’s gauges. He emails: “I was concerned we might be blown away! Fortunately not so. […]

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Drenching rain, blustery wind – all part of the storm pounding Menlo Park

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “What a ‘wet’ day this is proving to be Another.75″ to report as of 4:00 pm . That is 1.15″ for the day and 14.65″ season-to-date.  A week ago I was at 9.85″. And it is still raining!” The rain is producing flooded intersections; the wind is bringing down […]

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And the rain keeps pounding down on Menlo Park

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InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ checked in just before 8:00 am: “Another .4″ as of 7:45 am,  bringing my season-to’date total to 13.9″. When will folks say, ‘Stop, this is enough!’? Not soon for me!” Meanwhile Menlo Park Fire Chief issued an alert: “We encourage people to call 911 if they feel something appears to be unsafe […]

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Lots of rain means roaring creek along Alpine Road

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most ventured out along Alpine Road yesterday and captured some dramatic shots of the raging creek, which we feature here. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded another .85″ from 3:00 pm yesterday to 8:00 am this morning. His season-to-date is now 13.50″. He reminded us that he began tabulating rainfall with the ’95-’96 […]

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