May 2, 2012
Sadly, we may have had our last rain storm of the season recently. It provided 0.66 inches of precipitation–only enough to fill my rain barrels halfway. In the “rain barrel half empty vs. rain barrel half full” assessment, I’ll go with “half full” and be thankful for about 150 gallons of water to use in the garden.
Soon I’ll clean the barrels and store them in the garden shed. Likely we’ll have a brief thundershower in July and the first rainstorm sometime in September. The rainy season won’t begin in earnest until October when sidewalks, solar panels and shrubs will definitely need a downpour to scour them clean of summer’s grime.
My bi-coastal self longs for summer rain. My water bill does too.