Buckets of Rain — UPDATE

No sooner do I post a column headlined “Buckets of Rain” than the sun emerged here in Redding for the first time in days, just to prove me wrong.

You’re welcome.

More clouds and showers will move through the area this afternoon/evening, but that morning sunshine is a preview of what we’ll see the next couple of days. Hurray.

I don’t know exactly how much rain we’ve received at our hilltop home in southwest Redding, but I do know this: Ten days ago, as a series of storms rolled in from the Pacific, Kelly set a couple of three-gallon buckets outside to catch rainwater for her houseplants. Now, those buckets are full.

More rain is expected today, though it’ll mostly be light showers. We should finally see some sunshine on Wednesday and Thursday. Another storm system is expected to arrive Friday afternoon and blow through the area before it dampens the entire weekend. Partly sunny on Sunday.

It’s been a dreary couple of weeks, weather-wise, but wait until the sun comes out and lights up those newly green hillsides. Ahh.

Get all the latest forecasts at our Redding Weather Now page.

  • One of Redding’s own gets honored next week at Utah Valley University. Senior Jourdain Scoubes, a graduate of Enterprise High School, will be recognized on Hometown Heroes Night when the UVU Wolverines play Houston Baptist on Feb. 6. In honor of Scoubes, game admission will be $1 that night for anyone from California and FREE for anyone from Redding. So, if you happen to be in the area of Orem, UT, on Feb. 6 . . .
  • Mark Your Calendars for Feb. 1, when our pal Jamie Weil will give a reading and talk to the Redding chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Weil and her daughter Amanda are contributors to the new anthology, “Voices of Bipolar Disorder.” The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at North Valley Catholic Social Services, 2400 Washington St.
  • DVD I Watched on the Dreadmill: “The Dead Girl,” a disjointed story about the discovery of a body in a Los Angeles suburb and how it affects everyone. Big cast and some nice acting, but I wanted more of a resolution at the end.
  • Rules for Successful Living #25: Restrain the impulse to engage in “extreme sports” such a cow-tipping.

sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Paul Frye says:

    Yes, our hills are glorious with shades of green that I never knew existed until I watched a bunch of April sunrises up in Ono.

    I moved here from Arcata and find it interesting that rainfall-wise, we're surprisingly close to the coast, 38 inches a year (average) over there and we're 33 inches. We have a place in Crescent City and, while commiserating with one of the locals about the rain, and the Smith being unfishable for a day or two, I asked him if he had heard the weather report for the next few days. He spit, looked out to sea and said,"The only people who predict the weather up here are damn fools and people from Southern California." I asked him what he thought about the water color. "Too thick to drink and too thin too plow", he said, spitting again.

    I know that it's almost cliche' to say that we need the rain. But, the last time I drove by the lake, it was almost spooky 'twas so low. Sure wish that we could hold on to more of it. O well . . .

    Peace and Love,


  2. Avatar Leo says:

    Put on your walking shoes, leash up the dog and go outside!

  3. Avatar Pamela S. Boyd, CDR says:

    I'm glad you finally got out of AR and made something (?) of yourself. I intend, over the next few days, to find one of your books here in DC, and read it. Will let you know how that goes!