P80103+For those who do not remember what ‘rain’ is, it is, it is those odd drops of water that fall so mysteriously from the sky in other regions. We get it here too, just very rarely, and almost exclusively within a limited season centered around winter. Rain tends to be affiliated with storms. The last storm moved through here last spring.
Rain may not be much to look at, and is nearly impossible to get a picture of, but it adds up to become a very important commodity known as ‘water’. Some believe that California does not have enough water. We natives know that there is actually plenty of water, but merely too many people in need of it, and a few of those many who capitalize on that need. Anyway, I did not even try to get a picture of the rain that is falling so nicely now, but recycled this old picture of a small volume of water in what is known as a puddle, which is merely an accumulation of water within a low spot on a flat surface.
As unpleasant as rain is to work in, we are very pleased to get it. The sky is rinsed of smoke, and despite the unpleasant news that rain will interfere with searching for remains of those killed by the Camp Fire, there is also the excellent news that the rain is falling over a large area, and making forests significantly less combustible. The formerly crispy forest is again lush and damp and sloppy. What had been a Dust Bowl down where we dump greenwaste is now an epic mud pit! Everyone here is delaying other work to clear drains on roads and roofs. The first storm of the season is always something to celebrate.

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26 thoughts on “FINALLY! We have RAIN!

    1. Thank you for forwarding that. Is it about the rivers that come from the Sierra Nevada? I expected it to be about rain, but we do not get rain in summer. Some of the very few who have never seen the ocean here would be inland, such as in the Sacramento or San Joaquin Valleys, where the rivers flow from the Sierra Nevada.

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      1. Yes — it’s not precisely about rain, but about the release of snowmelt waters in summer, for irrigation in the valley. I realized that after I sent the link, but I think the song’s so great I let it be.

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  1. So glad you’re getting some rain — I hope it helps put out the Camp Fire without mudslides too serious! We are supposed to see rain overnight as well, and have nice weather tomorrow afternoon. I hope this is just a beginning of a more normal season!

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    1. The Camp Fire is mostly contained now. It will not get any worse with this weather. Although it has not rained enough to cause serious mudslides, there is enough to cause ash flows. It is quite a mess there.

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    1. There is never enough in California. The few of us here who are natives know that there is plenty if used properly. The two main problems are that there are way too many people here, and it is easier to gain more profit from a limited commodity if it is perceived to be more limited than it actually is.

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  2. Hi, I know exactly how it feels when the rain finally comes down, we’ve finally had some good soaking rain, after too long without it, in some parts of South Australia, where I live!

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    1. The climate here is often compared to that of regions of southern Australia. San Jose supposedly has the same sort of climate as Adelaide. There is another Ballarat in California, although it is a ghost town in the Mojave Desert, so the climate is not likely that similar to that of Ballarat in Australia.

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    1. That is too much rain all at once. It rained like that here for a day in 1982, and caused the worst flooding and mudslides in recorded history. It did not rain that generously everywhere, but in the rain forest areas on this side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Santa Clara Valley got less than half as much, but it was still a historic storm that caused historic flooding.

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  3. It’s wonderful to receive rain, and when it happens I have to stop what I’m doing and watch it. Ah, the novelty of it! We had 8mm this week, which wasn’t as much as was forecast, but much appreciated nevertheless.

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    1. Is this your rainy season? The climates there can be so confusing. We learned in school than some of the climates there are very similar to climates here. Adelaide supposedly has a climate very similar to that of San Jose. Yet, some part of the East Coast of Australia get rain in summer, and not so much in winter. There are many climates in North America, but most get less rain in summer, and more in winter. Australia seems to be more mixed in some regard.

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      1. We don’t have a rainy season here, Tony. We can expect rain at any time during the year. It doesn’t happen as often as we like or need though. This year so far, we’ve had half our average rain. Around Adelaide, they do receive winter rain, but we are a long way from there – about 1300km!

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      2. You are about as fare from Adelaide as we are from Seattle or Tuscon. Their winters are rainier than their summer, just like here, but the climates really are very different at such distances.

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