Creeks are flowing and branches are down thanks to latest rain storm

by Linda Hubbard on January 28, 2021

The rain continued through mid-morning today in Menlo Park with Mike Laine reporting another 1.50″ for a year to date of 5.65″ around 11:00 am. (Note: The digital rain gauge that Dennis has been reporting from seems to be under-recording even though its outside gauge is not being obstructed – ah, modern technology.)

Walk anywhere in town today and there were lots of tree branches on the ground. One big one came down near the Menlo Park translation.

And local creeks were flowing mightily as spotted by InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most near Alma on the border of Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Train station photo by Bruce Deal (c) 2021



Roberta Morris February 02, 2021 at 11:32 am

Don’t blame modern technology so fast! Dennis Nugent’s digital gauge may be right, and so may the other people’s gauges. There are microclimates around here. A few years ago I called my husband from my home (Stanford Ave at near Sand Hill). He was on Stanford campus. I said “It’s pouring.” He answered, “No, it’s full sun.” We were both right, because as we talked, the rain storm over the house expanded to campus.
Today, 2/2, at around 11:15 am I heard the rain in the downspouts and saw it out the window. I looked on at my 2 nearest weather stations, The Oaks and SLAC. At the Oaks it was “cloudy” and the accumulated precipitation since midnight was 0.20″. At SLAC there were “showers in the vicinity” and the accumulated precipitation was 0.27.” I have no doubt that both rain gauges and both current weather observations were correct at their locations.

janet benson February 03, 2021 at 2:06 am

Linda –
In your headline, it would have been better to say that the trees and branches are now down DUE to the rain, not THANKS to the rain, since this is an unfortunate event, but you can of course say that the creeks are once again flowing THANKS to the rain.
It’s similar to when we now say that a particular group CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY for some horrible action. We used to say something else but I can’t remember what it was. You probably remember what it was, since you are a writer.
Keep up to good work!

Comments are closed.


Please help support InMenlo! Your contribution will help us continue to bring InMenlo to you. Click on the button below to contribute!