Woohoo! Finally some decent rain!

woohoomanFebruary 27, 2014

After my 50 years of life living in the desert known as Southern California, this past winter(to my recollection) has to have been one of the worst for rain. Started promising in December, but halfway through that month until now, there's been only spit!

Today we got 1/4", but over the next 3 days were supposed to get about 3" hopefully. March is usually good, but usually clears out by the equinox. There aren't any April showers here(hardly ever). Here's hoping with all the screwed up weather nationally this year, the SoCal and the rest of the state actually gets some mid-spring rain.

Kevin

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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

I second the sentiment.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 2:23AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I wish we could trade rain for sunshine.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 3:11AM
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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

That west coast rain is making news items here on the east coast. Article says neighborhoods in the LA foothills are being evacuated due to potential mud slides.

Every year do you lose plants from lack of water?

Carol

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 10:10AM
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naturegirl_2007 5B SW Michigan(5B SW Michigan)

I'm glad you are getting rain at last. Just yesterday I emailed my daughter in the East Bay area about the rain they were finally getting. She doesn't garden but still had concerns about the drought. Even though she has some outside work at times for athletic events she is happy for the rain.

Here's hoping for more rain for you delivered in amounts that do not cause flooding or other problems.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 10:50AM
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woohooman

Thanks all. Container lettuce, cilantro, parsley, 2 year old kales and swiss chards(must be deep rooted by now) is still putting out some for harvests. Also some Nuclear peppers that survived the bit of frost we had.( no shortage of dried chiles from last year though) Rosemary and thyme love this weather. I think it would survive on Mercury. Hopefully my onions and leeks won't be stunted.

Yeah. Mudslides and such happen all the time somewhere. What happens is we don't get rain for eight months of the year and then it just comes all at once. Flooding is common but not like it does in say the Mississippi or Missouri valleys. It's usually just flash flooding, urban flooding, or storm surge along the coast.

Carol6ma:

Lose plants? In a way. This year my tangerines are smaller than normal and I'll definitely be planting less--- Just tomatoes and peppers this summer I did pull my broccoli though because I usually rely on the winter rains for much of the water

What kills you is the water districts raise the rates so much that lawns get neglected and most gardeners will probably just not do veggies. I have a plan though -- less plants of just toms and peppers and mulch, mulch, mulch like I always do.

What also kills us the the brush. It just gets so dry for wildfires.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:31AM
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Deeby

The wind is FIERCE this morning. My container garden is safe. I'm in San Marcos.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 1:21PM
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woohooman

That's right. I remember you deeby! hey neighbor! :)

Yeah. Kinda windy I'm in good shape here too. I grow in barrels mostly for containers. Peppers(some) in 5 and 10 gal, but those got washed yesterday from collected rain water. I got out there with some soap and a rag and washed up all my smaller pots. Every drop helps!

I do have some smaller pots with started flower seeds, but they're under the eaves -- didn't want them to get pelted by the large drops of rain.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 1:47PM
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Deeby

I have to admit the porch looks pretty-the wind is blowing fuchsia flowers everywhere.
We're getting more hard winds than downpour.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 4:58PM
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vedabeeps

We've had quite a bit of very welcome rain in Riverside. Parts of the backyard have formed lakes. It's wonderful- the city needed a good bath!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 5:16PM
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Deeby

The wind is now ROARING. . I feel a little scared !

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:04PM
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Deeby

We are getting downpour after downpour now. I emptied the bird bath twice and it's full again !

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 8:14PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

I'm LOVING it! (up here in No CA)
We've had several inches in the last couple of weeks (nothing near the 25 or more that is usual!), but we're hitting 40% of normal! Need MORE RAIN!!!!!!!!! Nancy

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:24PM
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Starfinder

La Canada here (north of Pasadena). I've set an empty container on Wednesday and measured 5 inches of rain. There were 2 downpours here when we got an inch of rain in an hour.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:26PM
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woohooman

I'm not impressed down here in Santee. Where are these HEAVY rains?? It's come down moderately a few times, but not what I expected. Especially when you see the red show up on radar and it passes right over.

Any rain is good. I just don't think 3 inches is in the cards here. Usually pretty good here in the valley of the southern part of S.D. county.

I really don't care too much though. As long as the reservoirs are filling, that's all that matters.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:33PM
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Deeby

Kevin's right, if we can get our levels up we're doing a lot better.
Anyone out in a canoe yet???

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:45PM
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Starfinder

Getting flooded here. Another 2 inches of rain in the last 2 hours.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:29PM
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Deeby

Wow !

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 1:06AM
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MK

Yay rain! SF East Bay here. I put off planting my beds until a couple weeks ago since rain was so scarce. Transplanted some potted trees just before this storm and they appear mighty happy to be in the ground! Looking for Miracle March!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 1:18AM
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Deeby

I'm glad the wind has died down. We had two heavy cloud bursts last night and a few showers today.
The birdbath has filled three times from empty.
I'll wait for sunshine before I start sweeping up gazillions of leaves.
This storm has been a gift though. We need every drop !

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:11PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Problem up here is we're going on 3 years of drought and the soil soaks up the H2O before it turns into runoff into the lakes!
I think our Lake Sonoma is at about 60%. We're in better shape than surrounding counties!
My well is holding OK. We have it monitored every 3 months due to a new casino going in less than 2 miles away =( So far it hasn't dropped! Nancy

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:48PM
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dsi411

It was raining SUPER hard during lunch yesterday at school. And there was so much wind too! Everyone was running around like crazed animals trying to seek cover since we don't have an indoor cafeteria. It hasn't rained as much today where I live. Southwest Riverside County.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 9:00PM
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woohooman

Yeah! It finally came down in buckets a couple times today. that might've pushed us up to the 3" mark.

Too bad it's all over for the most part.

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 11:31PM
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Deeby

Now for some sunshine and higher temps !
I have teeny tomatoes ready to plant out. The Red Robin seeds came up and are looking thick and lush.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 3:18PM
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tishtoshnm Zone 6/NM

Some of the rain actually made it to drought stricken NM too. Unfortunately, my rain gauge is cracked but the beds still look wet. Fortunately it was a slow enough rain for the soil to absorb it instead of fast and furious like normal.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:48PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Do you guys in So CA have water catchment systems?
I'm thinking of making some out of free or cheap materials.
Along with a drip system, it'll help! Nancy

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:02PM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

The rains have been very beneficial up here in N. California. Snow Peas are very happy today!

More rain due Sunday evening.....

Raybo

This post was edited by rnewste on Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 21:53

    Bookmark   March 8, 2014 at 9:51PM
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