And the rainfall winner is…

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With 42.46 inches of rainfall, recorded by Joe the Weatherman, between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, it was a very wet year. Following years of below average rainfall the deluge was a welcome gift from the rain gods. The Sierra snow pack was impressive as was the amount of water flowing into Putah Creek. The Glory Hole spilled for the first time since 2006 and many consider the drought over.

I am not sure if I had a record number of entries in this year’s rainfall contest, but there were a lot more than previous years. Maybe the drought made everyone more aware of our water needs. The average rainfall in Winters is 21.76” and there were plenty of guesses in the 17” to 20” range. Not what I would call optimists. The low pick, and she will remain anonymous, was 10.5 inches for the year. I’m thinking that she must have believed that we were in for another bad year.

Over the past few contests whomever picked the lowest has won the $100 in prize money, $125 if they were a subscriber. This year it was Mack Cody who decided that we were going to have a wet year, and even then he wasn’t even close with his guess of 27 inches. His check is in the mail. Adding in his football contest earnings, he should be able to continue his subscription well into the future and have money left over to take his bride, Elena, out to dinner a couple of times.

There is a conflict with the second place winner. A John Smith, who just might be another alias for Joe Bristow, also known as Joe the Weatherman or Joe the Butcher, who picked 26.53” and should be receiving a $100 gift card to the Buckhorn. But, it is clearly a violation of the rules for the man measuring the rainfall to win the contest, but it was nice to know that he was optimistic about a rainy year. If you are wondering, his birthday is Feb. 6, 1953. My official guess was 25.22” and would have put me in seventh place.

Kevin Olsen will have to drive up from Clovis to use his $100 gift card to the Buckhorn, but I’m sure, as the Buckhorn likes to say, it is worth the drive. Kevin’s guess was 26.33” and beat Dale Parker’s guess of 26.32” by about a minute’s worth of rainfall, or .01”, which would barely wet the sidewalks. Closest contest for second place, ever.  I’ll have to come up with a third place prize for Dale.

GET READY to watch the hotel come alive. The hotel project, which many didn’t think would happen, is about to pour concrete. When people who doubted the hotel would be built, and at times I was in that group, asked about the project, I would tell them that once you see concrete being poured you will see rooms for rent. I’m not sure how long it takes to build a hotel, but from my experience with building projects, double what you think it will take and if it is done before that, count yourself lucky. I’m not sure if I want to make a contest on when the first room will be available, but my guess is June 7, 2018, my father and son’s birthday.

The winning guess could get a free night in the hotel, or maybe a dinner for two at the new restaurant that will be where the Winters Express was located. It would be nice if they tied some of the menu items with Winters Express terms. You could have Newt’s Black Ink Ale at the bar, or maybe Winters Expresso with your eggs. Maybe they can just use old newspapers to line the walls, like at the Buckhorn or borrow one of my old presses. They could use our slogan. “All the news that fits.”

Now you know why they don’t put me in charge of restaurant menus.

Have a good week.

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