Today, December 3rd, after a night of heavy rain, my handy rain gauge registered five inches. To be truthful, this measurement was the result of the last three storms. I just couldn't empty it and start from scratch after each small accumulation. Finally, yesterday's rainy weather brought the total to three inches. Then when I went out this morning I was overjoyed to see it had topped out at 5! Now I'll empty the rainwater and look forward to starting over.
Thank you rain gods! The plants are happy, the fire danger is nil and the hills will soon be green.