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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “As of 7:30 am, 1.1” in my backyard. That is 1.7” season-to-date. This compares to 3.9” last year and 2.15″ two seasons ago. Perhaps more as the day progresses.”

That “more” was true around 9:00 am when a hard rain was falling, making the leaves on the colorful liquid amber trees (photo top) sparkle.

While forecasts called for the rain to relent by late morning, this storm had a mind of its own, one that Bill characterized as “an old-fashioned rainy day.”

“Add to my morning total 1.2”, for a day total of 2.3”. That is 2.9” season-to- date,” was his afternoon update.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Light rain overnight adds just a bit to seasonal total

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A light rain started around 8:00 pm in Menlo Park Wednesday night and continued to just about dawn, making for damp streets for the morning commute and school rush. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded .2″ in his rain gauge, brining the season-to-date to .6″. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was out and about as […]

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Morning showers add to trickle of rain this Fall

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Second rain of the season falls overnight

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2016-17 rain year comes to an end today

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Noon downpour adds to seasonal rainfall in Menlo Park

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Yep – that was rain you heard during the night

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These spring flowers are blooming brightly thanks to all the rain

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