With 2.5″ of rain on Friday we set a new rainfall record for Santa Rosa that was set in 1890, and, we still have until June 30th for the season to end! We have now had over 58″ of rain, and most of it since October 1, 2016. What does that mean for our grapes? It is good news for the soil as we want as much rain to fill the soil until the end of April so we won’t have to water until August. The only issue with rain later than May 1 is that it might hurt fruit set and give us mildew on the vines. Right now though, I’m happy for the vines…but personally sick of the rain!
PS Historically we get 4″ of rain from April 1 – June 30…so can’t put away my umbrella just yet.