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By andynorth
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We do have our dry spells. Usually from mid July through about mid September. Some years sooner. We usually judge whether or not we will have a drought for the summer by looking at Mt. Rainier. If it is mostly white we are good. However, some years it is more black than white which means drought and watering lawns less for that particular summer.
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Interesting that the snow foretells of drought or not. I know it means a lot in regards to runoff for the rivers and lakes but not about forecasting rain. Cool. We kinda know if it’s gonna be a wet season by how active the hurricanes start out being. Ever wished for a tropical storm? :!:
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Intheswamp wrote: Sun Nov 12, 2023 3:50 am Ever wished for a tropical storm?
Yes, this was my first year doing so. We had just one hurricane remnant blow through. Here is North Carolina's current drought situation:
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Alabama is looking much worse:
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Source: https://www.drought.gov/
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Yep, it's been kind of crispy down here. This rain will help and hopefully the next system coming in help even more. We only got around 5/8" out of this past rain...filled up my 5-gallon buckets at the drip line only 4/5 full. Usually I dump out the first few inches of rain water due to roof debris but we had small rain to start with and it stopped. When I looked there was only an inch in the buckets so I figured what the hey so I poured all the containers together in a single container...the mixed water measured 10ppm TDS and a little debris in it. After the big rain about the only debris was still the dark, fine residue :?: that settles to the bottom but other than that the water was really clear...TDS on this rain was 2ppm. It seems, anecdotally, that the harder the rain the higher the TDS measures, the softer the rain the lower the TDS. I'm not sure if this is from atmospheric reasons or because the rain is literally knocking more stuff off the roof with the harder rain. FWIW.

Hoping for storms...oh yeah, many times. We're roughly 90 miles inland and we don't wish harm to anybody, but a good tropical storm or a weak Cat-1, we'll take it. ;)

ETA: We're sitting in the orange color, a rocks throw from the red.
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Intheswamp wrote: Sun Nov 12, 2023 3:50 am Interesting that the snow foretells of drought or not. I know it means a lot in regards to runoff for the rivers and lakes but not about forecasting rain. Cool. We kinda know if it’s gonna be a wet season by how active the hurricanes start out being. Ever wished for a tropical storm? :!:
It does not tell if it is going to be a rainy summer or not. It is that pretty much most of Western WA about 40 miles or so South of Seattle get our water from the run off of the mountain. If it is mostly white that means there is plenty snow on the mountain to avoid there being a drought. There are actually several mountains around us that they use to judge this. So much so that the news will let us know what percentage of snow fall they each are at. This link is for the entire state but gives you a general idea. https://wcc.sc.egov.usda.gov/reports/Up ... ate+Report

I was stationed in GA from 80-81. In the short almost 2 years I was there I seen a LOT of rain. We had a Second Lieutenant that decided it was a good idea to set us up, with 100 foot antennas in the air, in the middle of a dried up swamp. Hurricane Dennis came through and we were stuck in the middle of that dried up swamp!!! Not a whole lot of fun at the time.
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I see, I thought you were talking about rain/catchable water. Yes, I've picked up on folks out your way using the snow packs to determine the river/reservoir level forecasts. If it ain't falling from the sky we just watch the creeks...sometimes you can easily step across some of them and at other times the same creek might be flooding the swamps. I've got a little piece of property on about a 1/2 mile of creek run. There's a small bluff that I can sit on during heavy rains and watch the entire swamp hit high flood level...pretty cool. My BIL and I used to do what we called "storm camp"...see the forecast for severe storms and we'd go tent camping. :mrgreen: One morning after a rather heavy-duty storm (listened to tornado sirens all night long! :roll: ) we decided to walk down to the creek...about halfway there the creek met us coming up the hill! :lol: That little creek will jump up in a heartbeat...it's big brother a few miles to the east rises slower and drops slower. It's...nature. ;) So, yeah, not a real bright move to be in the middle of a swamp during hurricanes. :mrgreen: Nobody ever called us bright (a few other things, but never bright). :lol:
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This last week we've basically had two systems blow through here. This last one ended a few hours ago. The only things I had left to fill was a couple of buckets and some flower pots. This was a cold (for us) rain that well overflowed the buckets. I ended up measuring 2.49" in the rain gauge. Anyhow, the water had that "sparkling look" to it and very little debris from the roof (I let the roof wash good before I took the lids off the buckets). Anyhow, both buckets and even the flower pots sitting on the cement read 0ppm. Usually the pots are a little higher than the buckets so I wondered if my meter was acting funky on me so I tested some known "dirty" water...it measured a much higher ppm. That was one steady, cold, clean rain!!! :D

Both buckets are filled to the brim...
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Same here. I'm pretty sure the system last week was over 3-inches, but I didn't have the gauge up. This pretty well maxes out my water storage for now...probably 130 gallons or so. Until I move to a plastic drum or two that pretty well is my limit.

I just hope it doesn't turn off as dry this summer as it's been wet this winter. :|
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