With a deluge!
On Thursday night, the rain started. By Friday morning, we had several-inch-deep puddles of water just below the campsite. One of our neighbors, packed up his stuff and left. Friday we had a severe downpour in the morning and clearing in the afternoon. Friday night, it rained. Saturday morning dawned cold. We had planned on hot, dry weather during our Australia climbing trip and weren’t well prepared for days or weeks of rain.
By today (Tuesday, April 28) we’ve had 5 days of rain ( I don’t know how many inches. Or for that matter, how many centimeters. I always ask locals, “What’s the average rainfall?”, to a reply of,
“Well I don’t know. We’ve been in drought for the past 13 years and I don’t know what it was before that.”
However, the amount of rain we’ve had made me wonder about the frame of reference for this drought. To a British settler from the wet UK, which gave the world the flush toilet, several months without rain would seem like a drought. To anyone who’s lived in California, with a dry season from May until October, several months without rain means it’s summer.So I’m beginning to suspect that the drought is a matter of frame of reference.
When I checked on the net, it states: “The annual average precipitation at Horsham is 47.93 Inches.” and another site states that, “The Horsham Rural City Council sits comfortably in-between with an average annual rainfall of 450mm.”
I haven’t found the rainfall figures for the past several years, but 45 cm is close to 20 inches, which is considerably more annual rainfall than many parts of California or Colorado, two states where I’ve climbed a lot, so I suspect that it’s a drought from what were relatively wet conditions.
I’ll try to find more numbers on rain, but it sure seems to me like the drought is ending, as we sit with wet shoes, damp clothes, and will head to sleep in our soggy tent!