The last bike commute of the year was also the first of the year, now that I’m gainfully employed with a brand new full-time job. And with a resolution to pedal more miles than I drive there will be many to come in 2014.

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rain1207December 7 will live in infamy for obvious historical reasons. The amount of rainfall caught in our backyard precipitometer yesterday will live in insignificance, to the tune of barely more than a third of an inch, or 0.393″ (or 1 centimeter if you’re in a metric frame of mind).

Season To Date: 2.82″

December 7: 0.39″
November 29:
0.81″
November 23:
0.22″
November 22:
0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

rain1122Yesterday’s something-of-a-surprise storm did more than I’d expected, but first I gotta play catch-up because indeed after last week’s initial weather system brought us almost and inch of rain onto our Silver Lake backyard precipitometer, the day after ended up delivering a little sumpin’ extra that I failed to follow-up with, to the tune of almost quarter inch — 0.22″ to be as exact as I care to be.

rain1129The gray skies of Black Friday were pretty much completely unexpected. Not only were the various weatherfolk reversing course on previous precipitational prognostications, but at the time we turned in near midnight on Thanksgiving, the skies were clear and starry with nary a drop of rain in sight. Needless to say it was a scramble yesterday morning to cover up the already soggy tortoise hutch. Buster was not pleased. Neither was the hammock.

To make matters wetter the Storm That Wasn’t Supposed To Happen hung around until the latter part of the afternoon, ending up adding more than four-fifths of an inch to the seasonal total.

Season To Date: 2.43″

November 29: 0.81″
November 23:
0.22″
November 22:
0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

rain131122Various meteorological sources were suggesting a 30% chance of additional showers today, but I’m not feeling it so I’ve called a final total of  7/8ths of an inch or 0.88″ to the storm that began dropping rain late November 20 into our backyard precipitomer and concluded with any residual sprinklings yesterday afternoon. Any more wetstuff that might sneak in today or tonight will be factored in tomorrow.

November 22: 0.88″
October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

Season To Date: 1.40″

Halloween 2013

For the number of trick-or-treaters we get some might argue that the spooky yard we create is not worth the several initial hours of extraction from the basement and set-up and wiring for light and spooky sounds, followed by several more hours over the days leading up to Halloween night spent tinkering and fine-tuning (and in the case of this year filing a police report for a theft of one of the ornaments). Lastly there are the hours on the Big Day spent getting all the electronics ready, carving the pumpkins, and also in the case of this year, subbing in 10 pounds of dry ice for the way-pat-its-prime fog machine that finally crapped out.

The trick is: I don’t do all that for the 70 or so kids who come tromping up the front steps seeking candy. I do it for the inner child in me and my love of my favorite night of the year.

But because I’m a firm believer in Halloween being over when it’s over, come the morning of November 1, I waste little time dismantling the entire thing back into the basement and returning our yard to normalcy as if nothing had happened… leaving only the above photograph (click it for the bigger picture) as proof, and these that I uploaded to Flickr.

 

rain131009Just in case you think I couldn’t have taken a crappier picture of my backyard precipitometer, you should’ve seen the first one I snapped and was about to use only to finally succumb to disgust and go snap this one, which is only slightly less unreadable. The important takeaways from the results of yesterday’s storm?

1) Don’t rely on my iPhone, and

2) Clean the damn precipitometer.

Technically speaking, this is not the first rain of the season. That one occurred on July 11, and dropped a full 0.02″ (count ‘em: 0.01, 0.02!) more than yesterday’s sprinklefest. Looking through the accumulated muck in the bottom of the soon-to-be-swabbed-clean vessel I officially log the total from yesterday’s representative sample of rainfall (that looks like it could be squirrel piss) upon our backyard to be an entirely unimpressive one quarter inch… but hey, every 0.25 counts!

October 09: 0.25″
July 11: 0.27″

Season To Date: 0.52″

 

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