I live in Kern County. It's the large rectangle with the staircase on the left side (bottom third of the state). We've been downgraded from "exceptional drought" to the more positive "extreme drought." We've had more than 2.5 inches of rain this month which is more than we had in December which was the third wettest December in history. I know it doesn't seem like much, but we're at over 200% of our normal rain for this time of the year. Throughout this drought, we've been lucky to get 2.5 inches per year!
While my boys aren't living in mud up to their hocks (yet), Speedy's paddock is now over fetlock deep. My muck boot got sucked off on Saturday causing a near splash down in serious grossness. I caught my balance though and was able to shove my foot back in the boot before anything bad happened. Yuck!
Izzy's paddock is so large that while it has soft spots, he still has plenty of firm ground on which to hang out.
While I've driven through the flooded section before, I am super glad I didn't try it Friday afternoon. Underneath the flooded water, a large sinkhole had formed. When I got to the barn on Saturday, most of the water had been pumped off the road and the sinkhole had been filled. I can't even imagine how disastrous it would have been to drive over that hole in my little car!
Yet another storm system hit Kern County on Sunday with wind gusts approaching 90 miles per hour in some places. It poured off and on throughout the day, especially last night. To my disappointment, no riding happened, but peanut butter cookies and homemade clam chowder got made. A win?