When is Enough Too Much?

You may recall late last year and back in January when I was writing about all of the rain we were getting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Much needed rain, I might add, given that we’ve been in an extreme drought in the area for a number of years. I had the nerve to complain about all the rain we were getting because it was an inconvenience, especially when it came to walking our dog in the pouring rain, which it did for about three weeks straight.

After that, we had a few days of dry weather before we got more rain. And more rain. And even more rain through much of February. March started out sunny and clear, though, and I was looking forward to some nice, dry weather. But today the rain returned, and it’s forecast to continue through Friday.

Hey, I’m thrilled that we can finally put this drought that has been plaguing the area behind us. But come on, when it comes to rain, seriously, when is enough too much?

TGIF — Almost Over

Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. She encourages us to take this opportunity to openly chat or jabber about anything we want.

Unless you’ve been in a coma since the end of the year, you’ve probably heard about what’s going on in California. You’ve probably heard terms like “atmospheric river,” “bomb cyclone,” and “pineapple express.” What it all boils down to is that the state has been battered since New Year’s Eve by storm after storm after storm coming at it from the Pacific Ocean, causing flooding, downed trees, power outages, evacuations, and deaths.

When I woke up this morning I was greeted by this on my newsfeed:

And that next round of storms has arrived. It’s been raining here all day and will continue to rain tomorrow as well. But the heaviest rains and the strongest winds will be arriving on Sunday through Monday. The ground is so saturated from two solid weeks of heavy rain that it can’t absorb any more, and that means it will just run off into streams and ponds, which are already overflowing.

But there is some good news. After Monday, there’s no more rain in the forecast for at least a week, so we’ll get a bit of a respite. And while the drought in Northern California is not over, as you can see from the graphic below, much of the state has improved from an exceptional, extreme, or severe drought status back in October, to a mostly moderate drought status.

And on that note, happy TGIF, everyone.

TMP — Guilty Peeve

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

First let me say that my peeve doesn’t piss me off. In fact, I feel guilty about even mentioning it. After all, we in Northern California are in the midst of a multi-year severe drought. Still, the fact is that this week we are going to be hit with what is known as a Pacific Atmospheric River. It will dump a boatload of rain in the Pacific Northwest and the San Francisco Bay Area over the next eight days

Yes, we need the rain. Desperately. But my dog hates the rain and I hate walking my dog in the rain. And drying her off after bringing her in is a task neither she nor I look forward to.

So yeah, I feel guilty about complaining about all the rain we’ll be getting. And I feel for all of those who have been suffering through frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions over the past few days, when all I have to complain about is getting soaked walking my dog.

But the fact remains, for admittedly very selfish reasons, I’m not a happy camper about all this rain. But it’s my blog and I’m going to peeve about it.

Don’t hate me.

TGIF — Let It Rain

Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. She encourages us to take this opportunity to openly chat or jabber about anything we want.

It rained all day yesterday. And, boy oh boy, did we need it. We’re in the midst of a severe drought here in Northern California and we can use all the rain we can get.

The good news is that we’re supposed to get more rain tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday. Our dog won’t be happy, as she’s not a fan of taking care of business in the rain, but that’s a small price to pay for making a dent in the drought. And she’s a dog!

On top of the welcome wet weather, it’s unusually cold. Yesterday’s rainy day high reached only 48°F and it actually dipped down below freezing (31°) this morning. Tomorrow’s high is projected to be only 49°! Brrr. When it comes down to high temperatures at or above 100° versus highs around 50°, though, I much prefer adding layers to stay warm in the winter than stripping naked (hide your eyes) to keep cool in the summer.

And on that note, happy TGIF, everyone.


Who Won The Week — 09/18/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week recipient is not a who, but a what. It’s rain.

For the first time in more than six months we got some measurable rain this morning. It wasn’t much — less than a quarter of an inch — but given the severe drought we are experiencing, every little bit helps. And we’re supposed to get an additional quarter inch of rain within the next 24 hours.

So what’s the big deal? Well, as mentioned, we in Northern California are in a severe drought. We essentially have two seasons here: the rainy reason from November through March and the dry season from April through October. Getting any rain in September is highly unusual.

December, January and February are typically the wettest months, with 75 percent of the state’s annual precipitation within those months. Unfortunately, for the last few years, the typical amount of rain we have gotten during the “rainy season” has fallen way below average, which is why we’re in the shape we’re in.

So yeah, even getting just a half inch of rain in September is something to celebrate.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.