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  •  Foothills north of Sacramento (13+ / 0-)

    .... doesn't snow normally at this elevation, do get some winter frost.  We average about 20 - 25 inches of rain here per winter at this location because we're in this little moisture catching dip in front of a ridge. Go 2 miles west and it's less.  Go 5 miles east and it's more like 30 inches.  Go due south to the next county and it looks like a moonscape.  Up in the highest elevations they can get 60" of rainfall or the equivalent in melted snow.  It's a pine rainforest.

    At my house this season:

    Rained 1.15 " in Oct
    Rained 2.15 " in Nov
    Rained 2"    in December.
    Rained 1.3" in January.

    so this is  6 .6 " during the wet season, for a time frame that usually gives about 12" to 15" of rain.   The corresponding snow pack up in the mountains was also pitiful, there was maybe a foot of snow lying around where there should have been at least 6 to 10 feet.

    February rain, so far, over 4" at this location.  Yee Haw.  

    Much better. But the big news is that some parts of the Sierra are now at 75% of normal snow pack for this time period.  That is where the summer irrigation water comes from.  But the larger reservoirs like Oroville and Shasta and Folsom are very drawn down, so they can't catch up all the way unless we get one of those really wet springs.  

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 03:07:57 PM PST

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