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    Al of Rancho Santa Clara wrote: According to our recently installed rooftop weather station, during the past two weeks we've received exactly four and a half inches of rain, an auspicious kick-off for our rainy season, which, if all goes well, should bring us about 25 inches of precipitation when it ends four months from now.

    The total could vary, of course, one variable being how many coastal hurricanes stumble inland to die, and dump their remaining loads of rain and moisture. Or climate change could make this a drier-than-usual summer. Who knows? But for sure, if we don't get rain now, it's going to be a long dry season, lasting eight months or so, beginning in November.

    Our normal annual rainfall is actually rather generous for a semi-arid area. Phoenix gets only nine inches, and Albuquerque 11 inches. Chicago gets some 42 inches year-round, but unfortunately for the natives, it comes down as a mixture of rain, thunderstorms, blizzards, hail, sleet and everything but meatballs. ...

    There is a lot more from Al at Life at Rancho Santa Clara: Rains are here. Time to sample the cacti. More #RanchoSantaClara.

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