|Colesbourne Park lake, 19 December 2010|
Gardeners are inevitably interested in the weather, but without making records it is remarkable how quickly one forgets what climatic conditions occurred when. I measure the rainfall as diligently as I can, and given the time to do so by prolonged rain today, I took the opportunity to tot-up the 2010 total. It confirmed what the river is clearly saying, that rainfall in the past year has been very low. Here are the figures recorded from the rain gauge on my lawn for the past four and a half years:
2006 (Jul-Dec) 547.2 mm
Mean rainfall for the past four full years is 877 mm (35.1 inches).
A gratuitous but warming view of succulents at Kirstenbosch, September 2010