Okay, I Was Wrong

Remember I wrote that it never rains in the summer here? I ought to know better than to use an absolute. From the San Jose Mercury News:

In more than 70 years of record-keeping, it has never rained in San Jose on July 18.

Expect that streak to keep going.

Rain did fall as far south as Mountain View this morning.

San Francisco made weather history today by recording one-hundredth of an inch of rain, the storm system “is weakening rapidly” and will exit in the late morning hours, according to Dan Gudgel, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

“I think it’s opportunity may have passed,” Gudgel said of San Jose’s chance for rain.

Still, the cold front will leave unseasonably cool temperatures around the South Bay, Gudgel said. San Jose is expected to have a high of 74 degrees today — about 10 degrees below normal — with southwest winds at 10 mph.

Overnight lows are expected to drop to 56.

Gudgel said the downtown climate station in San Francisco recorded a measurable amount of rain — at least one-hundredth of an inch — for the first time on this date in more than 150 years.

It is raining here in Santa Clara, very lightly. And last week, we did have an odd sprinkle in the middle of the night.

So I will amend my statement: it rarely rains here during the summer, although the rain we do get is a pittance compared to what we need.

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2 Comments on “Okay, I Was Wrong”

  1. Emy Says:

    It totally rained here today. So very odd…I was sitting here, thinking how it smelled like rain and wasn’t that interesting, then I got out of my chair and looked out the window and saw the actual rain.

    At this point, I went back to the chair and sat down again, feeling a little woozy from the shock. I’m still a little wigged out.

  2. deb Says:

    When I first moved to the Bay Area, I remember being amazed that events in the summer never had “rain dates” … where I grew up, “rain dates” were a fact of life. And that rare event when it might actually drizzle some time between March and October? The event of the year!

    (now that i’m living back east again, it’s a delight to be reminded of those almost-always-clear-sky days … )