While it may not have been a drought-buster, last week’s rain certainly was cause for celebration in Corcoran and other areas of the state. The Central Valley picked up plenty of precipitation with three different storms during the week.
Corcoran actually received 25 percent of last year’s total during the week. Tuesday’s clash of thunder and lightning brought with it .19 of an inch of rain. Thursday, the steady precipitation thoroughly wetted parts of the local cotton crop, while dropping half an inch of rain over the community. And beginning in the wee hours of Sunday morning, the third and final storm of the week recorded .54 of an inch of precip.
With the rainfall year beginning Sept. 1 and continuing through Aug. 30 of next year, Corcoran to date has received 1.31 inches of rain, all of it in October. An earlier storm recorded .08 of an inch Oct. 4.
In the 2014-15 rain year, the community got 5.21 inches of rain for the entire 12 months.
Longs range reports of a monster El Nino remain in effect, which should supply higher than normal rainfall for California this year. However, the forecast does appear to point out a fairly dry November. Much of the rain is expected between January and April, with some storms in December.
The El Nino effect is also expected to produce a warmer than normal winter condition in California.