It never rains in Southern California (or does it?)

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It never rains in Southern California (or does it?)

Post by RobertH » January 20th, 2017, 8:25 am

Check out this cool map, which shows the expected rainfall for the next 6 days: ... 1&mobile=0

The San Gabriel Mountains will receive anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of rain (or several feet of snow at the higher elevations). And they have already had about 10-15 inches this season.

I know, this is nothing special for you guys from NorCal. But down here in SoCal, we haven't had rain like this since I don't even know when. 2011? Earlier? All I know is that Nick and I have never herped in conditions like this.

We'll be trying our luck for Ensatina and Arboreals on Saturday before the biggest of the three storms hits on Sunday.


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Re: It never rains in Souther California (or does it?)

Post by yoloherper » January 20th, 2017, 9:44 am

Good luck guys!
We might get more total rain up here, but 6-10 in a storm is a lot no matter where you are! This is shaping up to be quite the winter and a lot of Northern California is on pace for the wettest on record if it keeps up. Lots of stock ponds/vernal pools filled up here that I've never seen this high before.
Should be great herping and let's see some klauberi!

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Re: It never rains in Souther California (or does it?)

Post by Nature Nate » January 20th, 2017, 10:18 am

This is pretty amazing. Still, the pool with the albino Spadefoots that I keep an eye on has not received any standing water yet. My litmus test for a good rainy year is if that spot gets tadpoles. Last time was 2011 from my recollection.

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Re: It never rains in Southern California (or does it?)

Post by SurfinHerp » January 26th, 2017, 9:43 am

The rains came through as forecast, and Nate's spadefoot breeding pond has really filled up well. I went there the other night and heard at least 5 or 6 spades croaking. There ought to be tadpoles swimming within a week or two.

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