That "wait and see" attitude governed my outlook on the forecasts predicting a 40% chance of light rain last weekend. According to one weather agency, the rain expected for my area was on the order of 2 one-hundredths of an inch, which was certainly nothing to get excited about. However, I watched the clouds closely. Saturday, the promise of rain hovered above us, literally.
|Clouds over the Los Angeles Harbor Saturday afternoon|
|Clouds at sunset|
Saturday night we got all of one one-hundredth of an inch of rain. Sunday's clouds looked promising at first but less so by the end of the day.
|Clouds early Sunday morning|
|By sunset, the clouds in the immediate area had dissipated, leaving this formation, which looked a little like an alien spacecraft and which I offer as my Wednesday Vignette (visit Anna at Flutter & Hum for more photographic vignettes)|
But, wonder of wonders, we got almost 3 tenths of an inch of rain early Monday morning. I slept through most of it but woke to a glistening backyard.
|Unfortunately, my photo doesn't quite capture the magical sparkle the rain added to the garden|
|Rainwater droplets on foliage are somehow far more beautiful than the water droplets left behind by an automated irrigation system|
Now, I admit that 0.31 inches of rain, the current total through today, isn't a lot but even a small amount of rain on a roof sheds a considerable amount of water. My previously empty rain barrels aren't empty any more. The 50-gallon tank is full; the 160-gallon tank is half-full; and the 265-gallon tank is at least one-quarter full.
|You can make out the water line on the 160-gallon tank here (along with the algae I failed to clean up when the tank was empty)|
Now that's a cause for celebration! There was another 40% chance of rain in the forecast for a week from Thursday but it's already disappeared; however, hope springs eternal.
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