Wednesday evening it started raining and it continued until this morning, which is very unusual for Yuma, Arizona.
In the six years that we have been coming here we have never seen rain like this. The odd time we have had rain it was a few drops and that was it, if you blinked you would have missed it.
So I wasn’t thrilled when I woke up this morning and it was still raining but I donned my raincoat and flip flops and headed out for my walk. Yup I went in my flip flops but it didn’t take long to realize I might have to adjust my route as I was hitting some major puddles!
After a half hour, in heavy rain, I finally acknowledged defeat and stopped by home to put on my boots … my wet feet were sliding out of my flip flops 😦 My hour long walk took an hour and fifteen minutes today due to dodging puddles, stopping to put on my boots, and taking pictures, but my very wet self finally arrived back at Maxx … and guess what??? The rain stopped and that was it for the day, I would have preferred it stopped before my walk!
I checked our weather station when I got home to see how much rain we had but before I tell you I thought I would give you a history lesson on rain in Yuma …
- In the past thirty years it has rained eight out of thirty times on December 7th.
- The average rainfall for December 7th is 1mm/.03in.
- The record rainfall was 8mm/.32in in 1997.
- The record high was 26C/80F in 2012
- The record low was 2C/35F in 2011.
Of course I’m not the person that makes the official declaration but from what our little weather station is telling me, we hit a new record today …
- Since the rain started on Wednesday we have had 21.1mm/.83 in.
- In the last 24 hours we have had 18.5mm/.73 inches which I think really beats the previous records of 8mm/.32in in 1997!
- The highest temp we reached so far today is 17C/63F but it will probably go up a few more degrees.
- The lowest temperature I noticed today was 11C/52F when I went out for my walk just before 6:00 a.m.
Now the lack of rain and the abundance of sun is the main reason we spend so much time in Yuma, Arizona during the winter. On average Yuma gets a total of 76mm/3in of rain per year. The US average is 990mm/39in … yup that makes Yuma a pretty dry place 🙂
And to put that in context for those of my readers that live in British Columbia, Vancouver receives an average of 990mm/39in per year … and sis-in-law, Abbotsford tops out at an average of 1538mm/61in! I couldn’t find any rain information for our home town of Kelowna, I guess that means we don’t get that much rain … nope that’s not true, but we don’t get nearly as much as coast of BC does.
Of course all of the above information comes from the internet so who knows if its true or not but it all sounds reasonable to me, but what I can attest to is our personal weather station said we received 21.1mm/.83in, and that’s a lot of rain for Yuma!
And who knew you could write a blog this long about rain … thanks for following along 🙂
Until next time …