Posts tagged: rain

“Real” Rain

By , June 30, 2018

A recent local news story shocked us: a weather expert told us that we are experiencing a drought.

Drought in a temperate rain forest doesn’t look like drought elsewhere. We haven’t had weeks or months of pounding heat or relentless sunshine. Generally, our weather has been colder and wetter than normal. April through June comprise our dry season; it’s easy to focus on them, and decide the year hasn’t been very dry, but in fact, it has. That has us concerned.

rainy day

A welcome rainy day. The rhubarb is especially pleased (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The garden should be getting an inch of rain daily at the moment. We can barely keep it watered. Usually, by now, we’ve switched to the summer water source, but we held off (see Fresh Water: Collecting and Conserving a Precious Resource). Now, there’s no new water coming into the summer water, nor can we hear anything coming into the winter tank.

So, Friday’s rain, gentle though it may be, was very welcome!

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WTF? (What the Forecast?)

By , December 15, 2017

As I understand it, there’s a high altitude, high pressure system sitting over our region, which is holding a system of heavy rain over our homestead. I’m no weather expert, but this seems strange to me—particularly as we’re getting tails of tropical storms moving into the area at the same time. If the high keeps things stationery, how can new weather move in?

Whatever the cause, we’re getting higher than normal temperatures, and torrents of rain. And, the forecasters say this should last into the new year.

rain gauge showing 2.3" of rain.

Our rain gauge records 2.3″ of rain in the 24 hours prior to Thursday morning (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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