Quick summer showers catch Valley residents by surprise

Saturday's unexpected drizzle caught many people off guard.
The Valley has experienced a few heavy downpours over the past year, but this latest flash of summer showers wrapped up so fast, people wanted more.

"It gives you the hope of rain for all the farms and stuff, and then it goes away," said Katelyn Helm.

On ABC30's Facebook page, people sent in photos showing rain moving through Orange Cove, Lemoore and Hanford.

"It probably sprinkled for like 15, maybe longer, but I was only outside for 15 minutes," said Gabriel Garcia.

Kurt Quade creates a critical watering schedule for farmers to help them during this historic drought. He doesn't expect these quick showers to impact the lack of rainfall this year.

"In the whole scheme of things it's miniscule," said Quade.

Many growers will continue to rely on underground pumps for water to keep their orchards alive. But Quade says over pumping is already impacting some crops.

"The almonds appear to be in smaller shape because the salinity is affecting the size of the nut," he said.

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