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By Jim Morris

Just this one time, I’m going to suggest we look at the glass – or in this case the rain gauge – as half-full.

Certainly the rain and snow that have fallen in California this week won’t end our long-running drought. But, let’s take a moment and review some of the positives from the past few days:

Since December 1, nearly 3 inches of rain have fallen in Sacramento, getting us a little closer to normal rain for the water year that stated October 1.

The storms dropped more than two inches of rain in Chico. Not to be outdone, Redding yesterday broke a daily record for rainfall. The nearly 1.4 inches that fell in this Shasta County city broke the old record for that date, set in 1994.

Courtesy National Weather Service

“It’s been a welcome sight, but it took three years to get us here,” said Michelle Mead, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It’s not going to be a one storm fix.”

Here’s hoping this is a start to a rain and snow-filled winter. It’s going to take many more storms to end the drought, but things have certainly improved in the past week!

The rains have been welcome, not only for farms and cities but for our environment. Wildlife habitat has been reduced due to drought, although the wet weather is very much welcomed by the millions of birds migrating through Sacramento Valley rice country.



Jim Morris is Communications Manager for the California Rice Commission. Jim has worked in communications for more than 20 years. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys his family, faith, football, outrageous monster stories and running marathons.