Here in Napa, June through October are normally very dry. This year was pretty average except for a funny little rain last week. Last night we had sheets and sheets of glorious rain and while it's been a fine summer, I'm ready for a change.
We ended up getting close to an inch. I put all my clay bean pots in the empty field to collect the rainwater for bean cooking.
A little extreme? Maybe, but it's there and it's free for the taking.