Acid rain in Big Sur – Jan. 2010 update

8 02 2010

Acid rainbow in Big Sur (photo by Lee Klinger)

Big Sur rainfall and pH data have been tabulated for January 2010 and the numbers are as follows:

Rainfall amounts and pH in Big Sur

I’m noticing that when the storms are particularly windy the rainfall pH seems to be higher (less acidic) than other rainstorms with less wind. I don’t have any data to verify this, but it’s something I plan to pay more attention to in the future. Could this be due to all the particles blown off the surrounding trees? Or from sea spray? Dunno.

Still, the majority of the rainfall events here in Big Sur are acidic as they have been for several years (see here, here, and here) and folks should be wondering why . . .

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