Pitter patter heard again

Gilroy
– The rainy season just won’t end. It continued with another
unusual storm that hit the area Thursday afternoon and followed
through into Friday morning.
Gilroy – The rainy season just won’t end. It continued with another unusual storm that hit the area Thursday afternoon and followed through into Friday morning.

Gilroy hasn’t seen rain on June 17 in the 48 years that records have been kept on rainfall, according to the Western Region Climate Center, located in Elko, Nev. And it has only rained twice on June 16 in the same period of time, in 1995 and in 1962.

The recent storm’s timing couldn’t be worse as graduation season is at it’s peak.

Both South Valley Middle School and Brownell Academy opted to use an outdoor venue this year for their promotion ceremonies, expecting the normally sunny weather that comes along in late June. While South Valley families sat through a drizzle, Brownell Academy students arrived to a downpour at the outdoor amphitheater at Christmas Hill Park.

The National Weather Service forecasted a chance of rain throughout the day and evening on Friday, leaving Gilroy High School graduates to wonder if it was safe to leave umbrellas at home.

The poor timing of the rain is a problem for local farmers as well as graduates.

“It will certainly lower the quality of the grain hay,” said Greg Van Wassenhove, Santa Clara County Agricultural Commissioner when asked about last week’s rain. “That is being harvested in the fields and it’s picking up moisture.”

The rain totals for the season, which runs from July 1 to June 30 are well above the average 20 inches Gilroy receives, with the total as June 16 coming in at more than 30 inches.

The weather should stay dry for the Father’s Day weekend, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s. though NWS predicts both days will be partly cloudy. The forecast predicts the weather will stay partly cloudy throughout the week, though temperatures will jump to the 80s by Tuesday.

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