By New Years Eve last year we'd had probably a couple of feet of snow that started falling December 1st and just never let up.
By this New Years Eve, however, the weather remained mild - and WET. We received over 5" for December. So here's an update of my monthly rain totals for 2011. (Keep in mind, these numbers do NOT include all the deep snows we received Jan ~ May, just the rain.)
That averages out to 1.2" (of liquid rain) for 44 weeks. *blub glub* indeed. At least the rain came down in usuable increments and spacing; there was seldom any standing water. On July 19 we got a 4.25" deluge, but that was the most we got on any given event.
Still, it's nice to see snow and feel a nip in the air (25F) for a change. We're having a fluffy, almost windless snowfall right now (lake effect) and we expect a couple of inches by tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a little less gloom now that the gardens are getting a nice clean blanket.
As for that poor weather- weary rain gauge? It's snug inside and finally catching up on some much deserved rest.