Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rain Gauge

I know it seems crazy to run outside and photograph the little rain gauge we have on our fence, but I couldn't resist. I wanted to send the photo to my brother. We've been talking a lot about the California drought, how we're in pretty deep trouble facing a dry hot summer ahead. But then something crazy happened. We actually got 1 1/2 inches of rain here in Northern California on Sunday. There was even more  rain north of us in Crescent City where they got 2 inches. It never made it much further south than where we are. My brother (350 miles south of us) didn't get any at all. 

Here's a screen grab of a drought map that the San Francisco Chronicle had in their paper the other day. It does not look good at all. 


We're in the Moderate Drought Zone. My brother and sister are in the Extreme Drought Zone. Pretty scary stuff, considering the fires we had to deal with last summer. 

So I've been thinking about the rain we did get on Sunday. I wouldn't quite call it a rain. It was more of a long day of drizzle. It accumulated in our rain gauge at 1 1/2 inches, but would a day long sprinkling like that really soak the ground? I went out and dug around in the yard where nothing is planted and we don't water much. The ground was nice and moist an inch or two down. That made me happy. So a daylong drizzle did moisten things up a bit. Not sure how that drizzle will help the giant redwood forests and mountains to the east of us, but I'm hoping. 

When I was downloading the photo of the rain gauge I noticed a photo I had taken out at the marsh that I didn't post here the other day. I loved the view, so I thought I'd share it with you.


Hope you're all doing well. Thank you for stopping by.

36 comments:

  1. perfect photo of the marsh, it could not be more perfect as perfect goes! I do hope that rain finds its way to California this summer, already heating up to the danger zone! Raining here , of course.

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    1. Linda Sue-- We are so worried about the dry summer. Last year was a true fiery nightmare in California. I'm so glad you liked the photo. Thank you for that.

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  2. I guess I shouldn't complain that we have had no rain here in SE England for several weeks. I am getting fed up having to water the garden all the time. I was also looking after a pal's garden last week.....they always manage to go away when the weather is totally dry! She has got 262 ( I counted them) pots as well as the actual garden ( yard I think you would call it?). Love the view of the marsh...what is the bird? Heron maybe?

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    1. Frances-- Yikes! 262 plants! That's a truly crazy amount of plants to have to water. You are a very good friend to manage that. Yes, that's a Great Blue Heron at the marsh.

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  3. I love your photo of the marsh. So beautiful! And at least there's water -- that drought map is very scary. I had no idea things were that dire in California.

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    1. Steve-- I'm so glad you like the photo. I'm thinking about making it the header on the blog. The one there now is really old. Oh yes, California is in deep trouble. Pretty scary.

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  4. Delighted you got some rain. I have been seeing all that red on the maps out west. Been though droughts in Florida and they are scary. I welcome those drizzly days for the rain doesn't just run off like in a down pour but soaks in. Sure hope you get lots more.

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    1. Patti-- We don't have any rain in the forecast. The rain we got was an unusual stroke of luck. There are already warnings of water rationing in lots of the southern part of the state. It's definitely scary times here.

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  5. Hope more rain will find its way to you. The fires have begun in some places and I hope all can get help and remain safe.

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    1. EllenD-- We will welcome every drop of rain that makes its way here. It's such a rare occurrence in the summer time.

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  6. Loved your two water photos...and hope you get lots more rain!

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    1. Barbara-- Thank you for that, we're hoping for more rain too. Unlikely, but we call it keeping false hope alive. LOL!

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  7. Nothing like a drought to put us on edge. Many things depend on a normal rainfall. If we don't get a normal amount of rain we worry about the negative things that could happen.

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    1. Red-- Oh yes, California is definitely on edge these days. There's going to be a serious dangerous heat wave this week in central and Southern California. A bad combination with all the dryness. We're all worried.

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  8. Texas suffered an exceptional drought about a decade ago. Much of the state burned and millions of trees died and not just from the fires. I hope you get some real rain soon.

    love the photo of the marsh.

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    1. ellen-- We're not expecting any more rain. It's so unlikely in summertime, unless it's a thunderstorm. That brings the lightning and then comes the fires. It's a bad cycle here in California. So glad you liked the marsh photo. Thank you for that.

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  9. I hope you get a LOT more rain because that is nothing. We#ve had three dry years and what we thought was plenty of rain alöl through May but the foresters and the farmers tell us that it only helped the surface plants and did nothing for the depleted groundwater levels. Things are not lookinh good anywhere.

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you for writing what I couldn't quite remember. It's the major rains that refill the groundwater and aquifers. This little rain only watered the surface plants. That's why I am still worried. Things are not looking good anywhere, and truly not in any way.

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  10. Looking at the edges of that scary map gave me pause to wonder what lay beyond. Startling to see the states with "normal" climate existing side by side with areas of extreme drought. Much like the disparities of abundance and scarcity that characterize our troubled world.

    https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

    Beautiful photo of the marsh with reflections. Hope you follow up on your thought of putting it at the top of your blog.

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    1. am-- Yes, your description of the disparities of the world captures the times we're living in so well. Thank you so much for that.
      I'm working on making the photo the new blog image, but the last time I did such a thing I had Adobe Photoshop and could add text in the sizes I wanted. Now I have the photo program that comes with my Mac, and it ain't nearly as good. Oh well.

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  11. And there I was concerned about the lack of rain here, we have had periods of hot weather and drought but not like you have. Hopefully will get rain tomorrow night and the following day. Just ordered a bigger water butt for my greenhouse.

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    1. Billy-- I hope you do get rain there. It really helps to have everything good and wet as the dry hot summer gets here. Definitely time to keep everything watered.

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  12. Ohhhhh, rain! That sounds so good right now. Just hot, hot and more hot here. Beautiful photo.

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    1. Catalyst-- I don't think we're going to see much more rain. It's not hot though, so that's a good thing. Take care there and stay cool. Glad you liked the photo. Thank you.

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  13. That's the kind of rain we usually get in England and it waters the ground perfectly; if it comes down more heavily it generally tends to run off any kind of slope. Drought is becoming a serious problem in many parts of the world.

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    1. John-- We were so glad to get that long day of drizzle. It's drying out here again already. California probably won't see any more rain until late fall... if we're lucky.

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  14. A long day of drizzle sounds very cozy actually. I hope more rain comes soon.

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    1. 37paddington-- No rain in the forecast, but we're always hopeful. (Not sure why this comment didn't post when I first clicked on it, but it didn't. I'm glad I caught that.)

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  15. If only i could have sent you some of the torrential rains that came down in Nashua, late yesterday afternoon. It went from blue sky to threatening and then the gusty wind and rains came and thankfully we were indoors dining with a friend watching the storm. By the time dinner ended, the sun and blue sky was back. Hopefully CA and other areas will get some rain and soon.

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    1. Beatrice-- I wish you could have sent us some of that rain too. We're okay here for now, but this summer is gearing up to be a very dry and scary one.

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  16. Your photo of the marsh is beautiful. It's been overly wet here, but that could change soon. Some years July and August are drought-y, other years wet, wet, wet.

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    1. Ally-- I'm so glad you liked that marsh photo. Thank you for that. We're waiting to see how the summer unfolds here, there, and everywhere.

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    1. Colette-- You made me laugh. Thank you for that!

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  18. We could have used that. I’m sitting in the extreme zone right now but not for long. The PNW has their own set of climate problems but it’ll be nice to see some water.

    The last photo is stunning.

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    1. Linda-- I really wish it would rain, a real rain, a big rain. But it's not going to happen. It's true about the PNW and the problems there. It's all over our poor aching planet.
      I'm so glad you liked the photo. Thank you for that.

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