After years of drought and water shortages, Northern California has already had a very wet winter and is in the middle of a week of rain. We are running at least double last year rainfall and are well ahead of the yearly average. While the Sierra snow pack is below average (because we have had more rain than snow), the current storm promises to lay on a lot of snow.
We have also had a series of freezing nights in between rain storms. This is not atypical for December but is very hard on the younger trees and fruit that is on the outer part of the canopy. Farming is always subject to the whims of nature, which we just have to live with. When we read about the weather in the Midwest and East, we are grateful to be where we are.