The May weather in my hometown of Los Altos, California, was drier than normal, but still as expected. May is the beginning of our dry season in our Mediterranean climate. We normally receive little rainfall in May, .48 inches, and we received only a quarter of that. We probably won’t see significant rain until November.
Our long drought continues. We continue to conserve water, and our local groundwater continues to improve.
The aquilegia formosa (western columbine) is still blooming. A California native plant, the columbine has 5-cm, red and yellow flowers suspended from 60-cm-tall stalks. To blur the background and other flowers, I used a wide-open, telephoto lens, with a fast shutter speed to get a sharp image in the breeze.
Our normal rainfall in May is only .48 inches, but we received just a quarter of that. Our cumulative rainfall since January 2013 remains at 61%.
Our May temperatures are like the past 3.5 years — normal daytime temperatures and elevated nighttime temperatures.
Local groundwater improved
As shown by the groundwater elevation at the Santa Clara Plain Well, the groundwater under our Santa Clara Valley has steadily increased over the past two years. Managed recharge this year is higher than the average of the past 4 years.
Our local consumers have reduced water usage 37% over the first three months of 2016 compared to 2013. This reduction is excellent, considering that January to March is our wettest time when landscape watering would be the lowest.