Archive of Bill Russ

InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ has called Menlo Park home since 1952. He started measuring rainfall, using dual gauges in his backyard 14 years ago, because, he says, “It’s something old guys do.” When not occupied with the weather, Bill, with spouse Sally, applies his vigor to walks around Menlo and active participation at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Bill has written 81 article(s) for InMenlo.


First precipitation of 2013 just a sprinkle

Our first rain of 2012 was .2″, bringing the season-to-date total to 14.85″. As mentioned earlier, 2012 began with no rain for 20 days. Brrrr out there Sunday morning at the Farmers Market!

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Starting to look like a big rainfall season in Menlo Park

What a surprise to discover .35″ in my gauge just after 9:00 this morning. That fell while we were sleeping. My season-to-date total is now 14.65″. My pal up in Sharon Heights had over 19″ before I went to bed. Still 2.1″ a year ago. We were getting a sense, then, it would be a […]

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Latest storm brings rain far exceeding year-to-date last year

This is to report .6″ of rain for Christmas day and through this morning at 7:30 am. My season to date total is 13.85″which compares to 2.1″ same time last year when we were in a very dry period. In 2010, we were 7.85″. Afternoon update: There was an additional .25″ as today developed, bringing […]

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Rain of 12/23 yields to sunny skies on Christmas Eve

After 3:00 pm  yesterday an additional  .6″ of rain was collected in my gauge. That would be 3.2″ for the weekend storm and 13.25″ season to date. Only 2.1″ at this time in 2011. Photo note: “Hey, we can see our shadows again!”; taken on Big Dish land off Piers Lane in Menlo Park

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Rain falls steadily on Menlo Park today

It’s three o’clock Sunday afternoon, this will be my last report of the day. 1.8″ in today’s storm. That is 12.65″ season-to-date with January, February, and March to go. We are over last year’s full total of 11.95″! (Editor’s note: photo of San Francisquito Creek at the San Mateo Dr. bike bridge was taken around […]

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Another almost an inch of rain falls in Menlo Park

There was a new .8″ of water in my gauge bringing my season-to-date total to 10.85″. I know it may have seemed like more.

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Add another third of an inch of rain in Menlo Park

The rain started last night and kept up through the morning. That added another .35″ to my annual tally, bringing us to 10.05″ season to date. Photo by Linda Hubbard taken during steady drizzle looking west over Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park

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Off again/on again rain brings another almost half inch

Today’s report is another .45″. I am now at 9.4″ year-to-date. This compares to same time last year of 2.1″ (and 4.1″ in the 2010-11 rain year which finished over 20″).  I am surprised that my rainfall collection is well ahead of the SF Airport. Photo of “happy” mushrooms on Olive St. in Menlo Park […]

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It rained in Menlo Park – and then it rained some more!

Editor’s note: We couldn’t resist using M-A teacher Betsy Snow’s photos of Amanda Hutchinson cavorting on the underwater football field taken last Friday with this updated rainfall report from InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. Now shortly before noon, it has largely stopped raining here in Menlo Park. Wow — 2.05″ for this morning’s storm! My season-to-date […]

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It’s going to be a rainy Friday in Menlo Park

As of 7:00 am, I have 1.2″ of water in my gauge, and it continues to rain steadily.  My season-to-date total is 5.7″ and that compares to 2″ same time last year. More rain is expected as the day goes along.

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Storm #1 brings over an inch of rain to Menlo Park

It seems storm #1 of the predicted series now through Sunday seems to have passed through, with the rainfall over shortly after noon. I measured 1.2″ in my gauge. That is 4.5″ season- to-date and compares to 2″ same time last year. Many will have likely forgotten that last year we had no rainfall from […]

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