STROMWARTCH!!11!!: Silver Lake

1" @ 9AM • 3" @ 11AM • 4" @ 3:30PM

OK, yeah… so, second off that is a full-on rain-o-meter you see pictured above, which for better or worse definitively demonstrates the degree to which I am a raincatching geek. Seriously, I’ve been quantifying the wet stuff since I was 10 years old. I have no idea why. And if it’s any consolation, I didn’t buy the decorative contraption myself,  it was a gift from my beloved wife (probably because Susan got reeeeeal tired of me taking Sharpies to various vases/glassware and inking inch mark approximations all up and down them).

Thirdly, if you look in the background of the middle shot you can make out most of what is in fact a 9-foot-tall wooden heart leaning up against one of our trees in the backyard. That’s a longer story I won’t bore you with here, but yup: we have a rain-o-meter AND a 9-foot-tall wooden heart in our Silver Lake backyard. WIN!

But firstly: Dang if today’s cloud action didn’t dump one,two, three, four inches of precipitation between the hours of 8AM when I set the precipitometer up and 3:30PM when the storm called it a day. Of course your inch-count will vary, but still that’s pretty badass as far as water falling from the sky during the fall. I don’t have LA’s meteorological history in front of me but I’ll bet you October is typically one of our drier months and this drenching could rank as one of the biggest October storms Silver Lake — or perhaps Los Angeles as a whole — has absorbed.

9 Replies to “STROMWARTCH!!11!!: Silver Lake”

  1. The Mt Washington weather station shows 1.51 inches up to 4 pm…so it looks like your area got more of the needed rain than we did…but it’s all good–just better when it falls where it can be used.
    I think your wife gifted not just you with the rain gauge but the entire garden as well. (as with the wooden heart). Lovely flowers and nice trees deserve an attractive rain gauge…and you benefit with a very accurate one to boot.
    I say rain, and more rain, please! (and please people, remember how to drive on wet streets…)

  2. Heh. You want to see raincatching geekery? I have one of these. :-)

    I keep thinking I should get a good tipping-bucket gauge with a wireless link (something like, say, this) so I don’t have to go out in the rain to read the gauge.

    I console myself with the thought that the Stratus gauge is what the pros use to calibrate their own tipping-bucket remote gauges, so having two gauges wouldn’t be completely redundant. :-)

    As for October storms, I’ve noticed that we usually (but not always) get one single solitary storm system in October. Some years it only threatens to rain, but some years it’s the first real rain to break the summer dry spell.

    Today’s 24-hour total at the Downtown LA (USC) station set a new record for this date at 1.15 inches.

    The record for any day in October is 1.71 inches on Oct. 17, 1934. And the record monthly total is 4.56 inches, set in 2004.

    We got .98 inches here in Studio City today.

    Just two years ago in 2009, when a single storm set new daily records of .68 and 1.36 inches, respectively, on October 13 and 14, we measured a storm total of over 3 inches(!) here in Studio City.

    1. I have no problem admitting that LA MapNerd’s comment — with its links to gauge gadgets and historical rainfall references is like hot porn to a raingeek in me, and right now I’m totally turned on.

  3. … though if you don’t insist on scientifically-precise-to-the hundredth-of-an-inch measurements, it’s hard to beat this lovely contraption> for sheer whimsical geekiness. :-)

    (Oh, my goodness – it’s on sale at Amazon! Hide my credit cards!)

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