I usually bring the glass portion of my backyard precipitometer in when there’s no rain in the forecast — the better to prevent it from getting broken. But following this week’s surprise storm, I left it out there, and in doing so I may have accidentally stumbled upon a secondary use as a measurement to gauge the power of any winds.

See, the Santa Ana winds blew through yesterday, and this morning I found the precipitometer had registered its catches of the night. Now to everyone else it’s just a coupla leaves, but to me it’s a clear indicator based on the positioning of the respresentative sample captured at right (click it for the bigger picture) that some 1.5″ of foliage got blown down onto our backyard yesterday — 1.75″ if you count the stem.