Actually, this rain ‘is’ the parade. In parts of California, we do not get much of it, so when rain happens, it is worth celebrating. Although this side of the Santa Cruz Mountains gets significantly more rainfall than the chaparral on the other side in the Santa Clara Valley, there are not many more rainy days here. What that means is that when it rains here, it does so with more volume than in the Santa Clara Valley.

Rain is not easy to get pictures of. The first four picture just show water from one of our first major storms of the season. The fifth pictures does not even show that much. The sixth picture is from the most recent storm that came through Sunday night and finished on Monday morning.

1. This waterfall was flowing both through and over the deteriorated and also clogged gutter on the roof of the shop building across the driveway from the gardening shop at work. The gutter is so deteriorated that I would have expected all of the water to just flow through it. Incidentally, the big roll-up door to the lower left of the picture happens to be that of the plumbing shop.P81222

2. This waterfall was flowing through a storm drain on the Mount Hermon Road bridge over Zayante Creek, East Zayante Road, and the railroad tracks in between them.. This section of Mount Hermon Road is known to some as ‘the Bypass’ because it bypassed the older Conference Drive in picture #5. What is not visible in this picture is that the upper part of the waterfall lands in the ditch on the side of East Zayante Road below. It might have seemed like a good idea when the bridge was built, but so much water falls from so high up that it erodes the ditch, and splatters gravel onto cars driving by. The lower part of the waterfall flows into a ditch on the edge of the railroad tracks, and then under the tracks towards picture #3 below.P81222+

3. This waterfall was flowing out into Zayante Creek from a culvert just downhill from the culvert under the railroad tracks mentioned in #2 above. It is the same water that was falling from the Mount Hermon Road bridge.P81222++

4. These two waterfalls were flowing from the roofs of the local supermarket and adjacent drug store and pharmacy, and onto the newsstand below. What is disturbing about this picture is these drains are merely back up drains that do not allow the flat roofs surrounded by parapet walls to fill with too much water if the main drains get clogged. The main drains are likely at the rear of the building where they can drain discretely and out of the way. These back up drains are on the front of the building so that they get noticed if they start to flow. All this water flowing out of them indicates that the main drains are clogged, and that the roofs are flooded.P81222+++

5. This is the Conference Drive bridge over Zayante Creek, East Zayante Road, and the railroad tracks in between them. It is the bridge that was bypassed by the Mount Hermon Road bridge in picture #2. The big greenwaste pile where I dump debris from the landscapes is directly below the southern edge of this bridge, which is to the left in this picture. You can not see it in this picture that was taken before the rain started, but a bit of water drains from this bridge onto the greenwaste pile. It is not much, but it is enough to be a bother when I am unloading debris in the rain. It falls from so high up, that even if I am avoiding the spot where the falling water lands, the wind can blow it all over me. From that height, any bit of road gravel that falls with it can give me quite a sting.P81222++++

6. The most recent storm finished early Monday morning, after dropping two and a half inches of rain.P81222+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Rain On My Parade

  1. I guess when a place doesn’t get much rain, people don’t think about things like gutters, drains, culverts and ditches. Just last week the management company cleaned out the gutters on our buildings (again) in preparation for a rain storm that pushed us close to 70 inches for the year. But I’d rather be in our rain situation than yours. A friend of mine told me that when it rains there are all sorts of accidents because the dust on the roads makes them slick.

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    1. Not only are the roads slick, but by the time it rains for the first time in the season, we have gone for more than nine months without rain. People are not used to it. In parts of the Santa Clara Valley, there is not as much debris accumulating in gutters and such, just because there are not as many big trees, and also because they start defoliating prior to the rain (so some of the debris gets removed before the rain starts). In the Santa Cruz Mountains, debris is a problem all year because the redwoods are so big, and drop so much debris. I would say that it is comparable or even worse than it is with the Douglas firs in the Pacific Northwest. The ranch architecture that I like so much in the Santa Clara Valley is impractical in the Santa Cruz Mountains because the low pitched roofs collect debris. Simpler steep roofs work best. I prefer to do without gutters on the eaves, but planting perennials or shrubby plants below the eaves to prevent the water from splattering back onto the walls is not always an option in dark parts of the forests.

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  2. We’ve had so little rain in the past few years that people have forgotten how to prepare for it! The clogged drains on a flat roof, for example, could mean disaster if they’re not cleared! Take care in that bridge wash, too!

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    1. Ha! ‘Bridge Wash’! There was a spot in my garden where I took showers in drainage water. It was just coming off the hillside, so was not dirty from road crud. That was years before Miley Cyrus did it for one of here videos. (That is where I work.) I would not do that with any of the vehicles under the bridges just because I never know what will get washed down the drain.


  3. That’s a decent amount of rain. We celebrate when we receive rain too, and this month we’ve had the average for December. It’s been a while since we received a monthly average.

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    1. When we were in school, we learned how similar the climates of Australia are to our climates, as if all of Australia is like California. I think it is cool that Adelaide is so much like San Jose. However, there is so much more of Australia out there that is just as foreign as . . . . .well, someplace far away. Rain in summer is a foreign concept.

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  4. Your rainfall is like ours, tony: when it rains oh boy does it rain. We usually collect the water from the guttering via a chain into a big water butt
    Where we are staying in France for Christmas it is aconiual mizzle
    Back home they have Sun and 20 c so I am hoping the person looking after our garden will use all the water we have stored in bottles to water our pots

    Merry Christmas, tony

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    1. Your climate is another one we learned about in school. Unlike Australia, which has a much larger area with many more climates zones besides those that resemble ours, Portugal is more compact, and just might really be as similar to California as we learned it to be.


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