Friday, February 18, 2011

Rain is coming.

We have enjoyed nearly a month of calm quiet weather that is ending this week.  For those who are not familiar with Brookings weather, we get a lot of rain each year.  Our average rainfall is nearly 80 inches annually and in some years I have seem nearly 120 inches.  Since Brookings and Curry County is referred to as the "Banana Belt" of Oregon, our temperature are usually warmer in the winter months.  This means not much snow falls in the hills, so we need consistent moderate rain in order to have steady water during the late summer months.  So, for the next 10 days or so, we will return to normal rainfall and have to wear rain suits and boots to stay dry.  The Chetco River will rise in level and hopefully, we will not see flood conditions.  The plants, trees and flowers will recover and again bloom in the spring.  Our park exists on the banks of the Chetco so, we have love hate relationship with rain.  Too much and we worry.  Too little and we worry too. 

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