Today, It Rained…

I’ve made the outline posting for Africa, I’ve got headings for all the countries.

My feet and hands are cold. It is not a normal Springtime in California.

I’ve made all the programs and directory’s to hold things.

Today it rained. Not a warm Spring Rain, a cold Winter Rain.

I’ve started making graphs and putting them in the posting. I’m up to the letter “D”.

I’m not happy. I think it’s going to rain some more today:

Even the dog doesn’t wan to go outside.

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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12 Responses to Today, It Rained…

  1. Bill in Oz says:

    Well EM , stay warm and dry there in the ‘badlands’ of California. Here in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, it was supposed to rain last night. And the BOM is still predicting 90% chance of rain as well. But the weather has it’s own ideas and seems to be slipping away South of us…So more sun and mild northerly winds today. But I have no complaints : we’ve had almost 45 mm of rain in the past 2 weeks.

    However it does raise a question about BOM here. While they cannot get the weather right a . day ahead, the BOM wants us to believe they can get climate RIGHT decades ahead.. Bizarre !

  2. Quail says:

    I am about 50 miles east of you, EM, and up another 500′. Today I had to put on my winter wool jacket to go out to feed the rabbits. They love this cold weather. In a normal summer I would have the swamp cooler set up and ready to go for them. The tomatoes are not setting fruit, but the kale, lettuce and onions are happy. Last month I took down the extra insulation blocking the whole house fan and now I wish I had it back up.

    It is not normal- latest in a series of cooling highs in summer- and now we are back to January/February temperatures. We should be 80-90F, not 50F.

    I feel like I’ve been moved north by hundreds of miles. Maybe instead of building a wall at the border with Mexico, we should build it further south…

  3. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, tomatoes don’t set fruit if night temps drop below 50 F and here it’s been within a degree or two of that on the warm nights. IIRC, it has to be above 50 F for 3 nights in a row.and I’m pretty sure we’ve not had that.

    You can put a cloach or row cover over them in the afternoon and hold a few degrees higher into the night to help fruit set. Black plastic ‘mulch’ helps too.

    This will not be a good year for tomatoes here.

    I didn’t plant any at all, and now I’m glad for that. In the warm years fruit set was a sometimes thing and never early in the season. I did have very good results with a Russian type that has a lower fruit set temperature. A Black Crimean IIRC with fruit set down to about 40-45 F. Just enough over the line for me ;-)

    Right now, if dropped into this with no idea about calendar and asked to guess, I’d guess February… Cold, wet, blustery. Winter garden plants doing well. Snowing in the mountains.

  4. Steven Fraser says:

    Writing from Dallas, TX: TStorms came in today here, too. I measured 4.5″ of ‘permanent Texas Drought’ in my backyard gauge. Officially, today’s record in the historical record was surpassed. Previous high rain for DFW on this date was 1.89″ (1942). Today: 2.18″. To-date this month, 7.1″, which is (already) 149.71% of the average of all Mays since 1899.

    Oh, and it was cool, too. High was 77F, Normal is 84F. Low was 63F, Normal is 65F.

    I don’t have a veg garden, but my bamboo is liking the cool and moisture this year. @ 18.5″ to-date,this year’s precip is running above average so far. More expected on Tues next week.

  5. cdquarles says:

    And we’re back to the normal, here; with the HHH due to start a week early. Hmm, seems that they’ve toned the “heat” they were forecasting for us a couple of days ago. Now ca 90, whereas before they were talking ca 95. Rain and thunderstorms forecast for tomorrow. Radar shows a cluster of same moving into LA and out of TX.

  6. cdquarles says:

    Speaking of wet stuff, we’ve had nearly 3.5 feet of it so far, this water year (ends Sep 30), with another foot expected for the rest of that year. That would make it an average year (within one standard deviation, or between 4 and 5 feet).

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Currently in a raging downpour (by California standards). Just like midwinter storms…

    This is very wrong…

  8. Quail says:

    2″ of heavy hail plus flooding in Stockton, California this afternoon. Not normal- it should be in the high 80’sF to 90’sF and sunny. Stockton is in the central valley where there is agriculture with fruit and nut trees, table grapes, and row crops. Probably loads of damage from the hail.

    @EM I have large bottles of water around my tomatoes and leave them all summer to counteract the bay fog nighttime cooldown. Russian and cherry tomatoes usually do well for me lately. I used to be able to grow eggplant and peppers but lately they have struggled to ripen before winter.

  9. Bill in Oz says:

    “This is very wrong…” Is the weather ever wrong ? Rather it just ‘IS’.
    The weather can clearly be ‘unusual’ and unexpected but the word ‘wrong’ with all it’s moral overtones and of ‘we must change it”, is best not used I think.
    It seems that the climate in has moved into a cooler phase of the cycle.
    Stay warm and dry folks !

  10. Tom O says:

    First time I ever heard that song it was by Eric Burdon and the Animals. Always one of my favorite groups.

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm – expecting 8″ to a foot of snow in Pineridge Nebraska from this storm.

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