torrential downpour(s)

Northern California (plus much of Oregon, Western Nevada, and maybe even some of Washington?) is having some kinda record-breaking storm this week. I say “some kinda” because while it¬†is rather abnormal for the time of year, it’s hardly the 15″ boldly and ridiculously predicted by a few news outlets.

Yes, a few places got 15″ over the last 7 days. A few exceptionally wet and rainy places. ¬†Most of us got a bit less than was predicted — I think we were supposed to get 5-7″ in Sacramento and we got about 4. Maybe 5, if you include yesterday’s totals.

That’s nothing to sneeze at for us, though! ¬†That’s January’s average rainfall in one week. ¬†It’s left us feeling rather… damp, if you will.

This used to be a road.

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This was a hay field. ¬†I would say that at least 20 acres of the property/ies picture here are under at least 6″ of water. ¬†I have no idea when it will dry out, since there is no accessible ditch nearby (on the other three sides it’s separated from roads/canals/ditches by at least 30 meters). ¬†So… that will be an inland sea for the for-sea-able future (see what I did there?!)

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On the upside, our barn drained incredibly well and we aren’t experiencing any adverse effects. ¬†Our outdoor arena was already closed and sealed – coincidentally, since we got a new delivery of footing right before the rain started in December. ¬†The paddocks off the stallsa re holding up, and the pastures are looking solid. ¬†Across the street from us though…

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Maybe they’ll grow rice again this year?