Colorado rain barrels

Bad Mom Good Mom sent me a link to an article on rain barrel legislation in Colorado. It's a quick but balanced perspective.

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0.22" rain; 7.30" rain total

7 May 2016 0.22" rain

This is a later-than-normal rain for us and in an amount that is useful.  Talking with local friends, rain appears to be highly variant around my area - some reported only a light mist.

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0.11" rain; 7.08" total

14 March 0.02 (added on the heels of the last storm, but not noted in the blog)

7-8 April 0.05"
8 day April 0.03"
9 April 0.01"

Unexpected rain this late in the season.  I was out watering in the yard, since an opportunity to add to Mother Nature's bounty is not to be lost.

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0.51" rain; season total 6.97"

11 Mar 0.51" rain.

I never saw it. The skies were clearing by the time I left work but I was told it was heavy at times.

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Cooperative Observer Network (COOP)

Bad,Mom, Good Mom dropped me a note to bring this to my attention:

Through the National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP), more than 10,000 volunteers take daily weather observations at National Parks, seashores, mountaintops, and farms as well as in urban and suburban areas. COOP data usually consist of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals. These data may include additional hydrological or meteorological data such as evaporation or soil temperatures. Online data access is provided at no charge.

I'm making note of it here in case readers are interested and as a reminder to myself to dig into the available data when I have a spare moment.




Squatter and friend

0.65" rain; 5.21" total

18 Feb 2016 0.65"

February is normally our wettest month.  In terms of 30 day periods of time, Jan 18 through Feb 17th is typically our wettest 30 day period.  Not this year; we are well below the median rainfall despite the big El Nino. 

The game isn't over, however.  Remember the March Miracle of a several years ago? 


Wrong place wrong climate

Pay attention to the tall tree in the middle of this guy's lawn.

It looks like a redwood. This one Is just a youngster but it looks like it's in ill health. This tree is located in an Inland S. Ca. community. Probably not getting enough water.

If the owner is lucky it will die soon and be taken down at only modest expense. The alternative is that it gets bigger and more costly to take down (or falls down) in a decade when it finally succumbs to less than optimum growing conditions.

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Don't know or don't care

Hmmm. What's this?

Don't let your dog urinate....

Oh it's just a warning sign about their new sod and it's screwed to this poor Chinese elm. This is a warm summer inland community.

I guess they haven't heard about the drought.

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Rainwater Colander

Here's a "rainwater colander", an inline downspout rainwater diverter, a product I first stumbled across at my Home Depot while looking for a downspout extender to better direct rainwater into my garden. It snaps in to your existing gutter downspout (provided you use one that is sized for your downspout). It's "designed to filter out debris in rainwater collection barrels and systems" including surge tanks and "can connect to a garden hose to water plants directly".
The image shown is Amerimax brand, available at Orchard Supply Hardware and elsewhere for around $10 or less.  This seems to be the least expensive that's readily available.


Rain barrels in other places

I saw a rain barrel a week ago that appeared to be completely justified by local weather and usage patterns.