Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Most folks in Cazadero, where 100 inches of rain a year is not big deal, measure every inch in gauges at their homes and discuss their results.
“Everybody’s comparing all the time when it rains,” said Don Berry, a Cazadero native whose great-grandfather bought the town in the 1880s.
But there was comparatively little to talk about this winter, even in the coastal hills of Sonoma County, where incoming storms typically drop sheets of rain.
According to the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, California’s North Coast Region — defined as a narrow strip of land running from the southwest corner of Sonoma County to the Oregon border — got just 12.6 inches of rain from December through February, the region’s third-driest winter in history.