Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How Much Rain?

As many of my readers know, California is in the midst of a three year long drought. Between that and recent economics and politics, it appears to me that everyone is about to die of a massive heart attack. So I thought I'd keep this post light.

This morning we clawed our way to 33" of rainfall so far for the rainy season, which runs from July 1 through June 30 out here. 33" may sound like a lot to some of you, but it's not. If we have no more rain it would be our fourth lowest rain year on record since we moved in back in 1992.

Anyway, as I was writing the numbers down this morning I realized that the only place we have a record of them is on a beat up 3x5 card held to the fridge door with a magnet. That seemed kind of silly. So I put them into a spreadsheet, and actually figured out what the average rainfall in our area has been for 1992 - 2008: 49.59" at our home rain gauge.

So, as you can see, 33" is still well below average, and given we're near the end of February already it's going to be hard to get back to average before the season ends.

Anyway, here are the actual numbers:
  • 1992-1993: 45.75"
  • 1993-1994: 28.80"
  • 1994-1995: 74.50"
  • 1995-1996: 53.55"
  • 1996-1997: 54.70"
  • 1997-1998: 74.70"
  • 1998-1999: 40.85"
  • 1999-2000: 52.70"
  • 2000-2001: 38.85"
  • 2001-2002: 48.95"
  • 2002-2003: 50.80"
  • 2003-2004: 38.80"
  • 2004-2005: 63.00"
  • 2005-2006: 67.80"
  • 2006-2007: 25.35"
  • 2007-2008: 34.35"
May you stay out of drought wherever you live.

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