A surprise shower hit last night bringing our rainfall total to 17.42". Here's what the rainfall looked like in my back yard for the past several years.
As you can see, this year was second overall in rainfall total for the years that I have tracked, but still only about 2/3rds of the largest rainfall in 2004-05. This is an illustrative data set since it captures the full range of rainfall that California tends to get. It also illustrates the frequently recurring or maybe constant drought theme in our state - only in years of greater than average rainfall (and snowpack) do we have a real surfeit of water given the public appetite.