And the rain comes down…


Wow. Recognizing that what we’re experiencing is nothing compared to a genuine natural disaster like South Asia’s tsunami, I still have to say, it’s raining like a sumbitch out here in Southern California.
After making the dubious decision to go out this afternoon on some errands, I quickly realized that it was pouring rain harder than I’d ever seen in down here in the sunny OC. And we take our sunshine seriously in these parts: it’s like, mandated by statute.
Anyway, being a geek, I wanted to know just how much rain we’ve gotten so far in 2005, and how that compares to our annual averages. As it turns out, we’re at 4.29 inches as of Sunday night (and climbing) according to Weather Underground. Based on historical averages, it would take until February 13th to accumulate that much rainfall — and we’ve done it in nine days. (See chart).
And, our total average annual rainfall is only 12.81 inches. So we’ve received over a third (33.5%) of our total rain for the year in the first week and a half.
Yikes…
Update 1/10/05 am: Revised to reflect the final total rainfall for January 9th and added percentage of annual average…