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A Very Dry Season in California

The pre-Columbian¬†California native people had¬†a mystical and cultural relationship to the climate that did not involve measuring rainfall. The Franciscan fathers were on their own spiritual quest, and while they sometimes recorded wine production at the missions, they didn’t record … Continue reading

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Data follies continue

During the gold rush in 1849 a couple of doctors and an interesting character, a surveyor/glass blower/instrument maker, began taking rainfall measurements in San Francisco. They sold this data to local newspapers and an almanac. In 1871 the army signal … Continue reading

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