Re: [gardeners] Annual rainfall

Marc Winterburn (
Tue, 7 Jan 2003 00:13:22 +0800

Hi George, We could sure do with some annual rainfall here in the blackened
100+F tomorrow and for the next few days but at least there is nothing left
to burn. Life is pretty hot over here at the moment with no shade but we
will be replanting trees and shrubs in the next few days as soon as we have
the water back on. I we out and bought on special about 50
allistemons( bottle brushes) and also had a good yarn with the manager of
the largest wholesale nursery in Australasia. He said that they had
thousands of trees shrubs and native flowers that need a good home. They are
rootbound and looking ratty but for free I cant complain. I will have my
oasis back in no time. Their advanced tree nursery covers over 100 acres and
so their throw out rate is incredible. He was sympathetic to my plight and I
have been a good customer over the years and know his dad well who started
the nursery so I sniffed out a good bargain.
I thank all of the kind folks who have started my chilli seed collection
going again.

----- Original Message -----
From: George Shirley <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2003 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Annual rainfall

> You know what Mark Twain said about statistics Olin. "There's lies,
> there's damned lies, and then there's statistics." My sociology BS
> taught me to me leary of statistics completely, particularly political
> stats.
> Usually rainfall stats are gathered at one central point in each area,
> leaving out the fact that rainfall over such a large area can be highly
> variable.
> Having said that I would willingly trade you some of our rain for some
> sunshine.
> George
> olin wrote:
> >
> > Actually, the official total at the Phoenix Encanto site was 4.18 inches
> > 2002.  Yuma county's annual ranged all the way from 0.04 to 0.20 inches.
> > Check the sites at
> >
> > You need to add up the monthly totals to get the annual total.
> >
> > I once ran a least squares trend line using the raw data to see if we
> > really drying up.  A snapshot of the most recent 10 year period shows a
> > negative slope of about 0.4 inches per year for my area which suggests a
> > decline to zero inches in about 20 years.  Pretty scary.
> > But if I consider all of the data on record, then toss out the years
> > were 40 % above the average and 40 % below the average, the trend line
> > pretty flat.   Suggests any predictions from statistical data need to be
> > explained.
> >
> > Olin
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "GizmoAZ" <>
> > > Quite amazing compared to our 7 inches of average rainfall per year.
> > > would be floating away if we had 21.45 inches of rain in one month.
> > > ground here doesn't seem able to soak it in that fast.