Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Mrs. Yollis' class put a rain gauge out on Tuesday morning to keep track of the  rain storms that were forecast for the week.

After 24 hours, the gauge showed over 2.5 inches of rain.


By the end of Thursday, the rain gauge showed 4 inches of rain since Tuesday morning.


The ground is soaked and a tree fell over near the school.


What is the weather like where you are?


  1. Four Inches of Rain is a huge amount of rain in such a short space of time! We've just had our first decent amount of rain in the past few days (decent because we've had very little in the last month or so) but then it is Summer in this part of the world so we'd expect that there's not as much. Still four inches is a heck of a lot!
    Mr Webb, Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Over four inches of rain... Wow thats a lot!

    I know we needed it, but there may be too much.

    We can't wait for the sun to come back.

    My Dad is going to Raleigh, North Carolina next week and he predicts that it will be even colder there than California.

    Sydney and Her Dad Mike

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    I am so glad that there is a break in the rain today. It is Saturday and the most beautiful day - cool and clear and the local mountains are dusted with snow. That is the best part of the rain: the day after.

    I wonder how much rain we had in total? I know your class measured from Tuesday through Thursday, but I would guess the storm last weekend contributed to our rain totals as well. I wonder if we are still in a drought after all of this rain? It is still probably a good idea to continue to conserve our water usage.

    Enjoy the sunshine!
    (Jaxon's mom)

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    We've been having dreary gray days here in the Montreal, Quebec area but today it was sunny 17degrees C (19 Fahrenheit) We have snow but it is getting crusty and a bit dirty. We need more. I hear rain is predicted for Monday.
    I hope you have a sunny day.
    Mrs. Lynch -grade 2

  5. @ Mrs. Lynch,

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Oh, the gray days of this week are finally over. As you know, rainy days...being stuck inside...can make for a tough school week!

    However, today it is beautiful outside! The air temperature is 53˚F (12˚C), the sun is shining, and some of the local mountains are covered in a blanket of snow!

    You mentioned that you are from Canada. We had the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of North America at our school last week, and we were in Quebec for part of the time! :-)

    In fact, with the map visitation and the Olympics, we have been talking a lot about Canada. In our encyclopedia post, one of my students posted Canada's national anthem.

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Yollis

    P.S. You have a great avatar image. Is that Niagara Falls?

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I cannot believe that the rain gauge showed four inches by Thursday. Also, I cannot believe that a tree fell down near school. What is your favorite part about the rain?



  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Has the sun finally come out? We had a rainy day here today, but it is nothing like what you have been getting.

    Here in Connecticut we have four distinct seasons. Right now we are in the middle of cold, gray winter but soon dazzling spring will arrive.

    Do you have four seasons, or is it more like two? When I lived in Belize they just had two seasons - a rainy season and a dry season and it was pretty hot all the time.

    Well, I hope the sun is shining for you now.

    Mr. Salsich

  8. @ Mr. Webb,

    We ended the week with a little more than 4 1/2 inches of rain! We are in a drought right now in southern California, so we really needed the rain...but it would have been better if it was spread apart a bit!

    Hope you are enjoying your summer!

    @ Sydney and her dad,

    What is the weather like in Raleigh, North Carolina? Did the rain storms reach the Atlantic coast?

    @ Jaxon's mom,

    We measured from Tuesday morning until Friday afternoon. The rain gauge had a little more than 4 1/2 inches in it. In spite of all the rain, I'm sure we're still in a drought. We are not allowed to run our sprinklers except on Monday and Thursday.

    We enjoyed being outside today!

    @ Nick,

    You asked me what I like about rain. I love it when it rains, but I prefer to be home by the fire when it does...cup of hot chocolate...listening to the drops on the roof. I also enjoyed hearing the thunder! We don't get much of that around here!

    @ Mr. Salsich,

    We have had a couple of beautiful days! The hills are already starting to green up. Unfortunately, more precipitation is forecast for tomorrow. I think it will just be one day.

    We have a summer and a mild winter here in southern California. The summer temperatures range from the low 60s to the high 90s, and the winter temperatures are around the low 40s to high 60s. Not too drastic.

    Thanks for commenting everyone!

    Mrs. Yollis

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Ethan's dad just got back from our motherland, South Korea. He reported that there was so much snow that the whole city of Seoul was beautifully dressed in "white." Earlier this month, South Korea experienced record breaking snowfall reportedly not seen since 1937. I also read in some weather reports that approximately 10 inches of snow had fallen. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! :-)


    Ethan's mom

  10. Dear Mrs. Kim,

    Thanks for a fabulous comment! Wow, ten inches of snow fell in South Korea? I wonder over what kind of time period? If he has any pictures, maybe Ethan can share them.

    Glad the heavy, rainy week is over for us!

    Mrs. Yollis

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am following up with you on your question. According to the Korean Meteorological Administration, the 10 inches of snow fell in one day!


    Ethan's mom


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