Friday, April 13, 2012
Anatomy of an April Storm in a Drought-Stricken State
I've always had an obsession with numbers and statistics, and so the gift of a rain gauge when I moved into my current home seemed perfectly appropriate. For whatever reasons, I've kept rainfall records for 20 years now, and so I can compare this extraordinary year with the last fifth of a century. So what have I found?
The most rainfall I recorded in a single day was 2.32 inches on January 2, 2006, and the wettest single month was February of 1998 with 8.64 inches. Some of you in wetter climates may find these numbers amusing (I noted a day in 2010 when Big Sur got 22 inches of rain...in 24 hours!). But our valley is very nearly a desert, and the south end, between Fresno and Bakersfield, it truly is. Irrigation is all that keeps most parts of it green.