OK, so the Easter rain made for some sloppy egg hunts especially those that used the hard-boiled version rather than plastic.
But we should feel blessed by the early spring storm, which helped make up for the mostly dry stretch from January through March.
The rain could slow demand for water for farms and back yards in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, taking pressure off the reservoirs on which we will depend in the summer.
I am glad to see another result of the rain: Grasses could stay green for longer than we expected in the nonirrigated hills that flank the valley.
We get a fleeting flash of emerald each spring, something to savor before the hot, dry months of summer bear down.
I'm not talking just about scenery. Abundant rainfall means better business for cattle ranchers who rely on this rangeland in winter and spring. If the grasses fall short, they could have to move to irrigated land earlier than planned, or sell cattle at less than desired weight.
A good grass crop reduces the need for ranchers to buy hay, which is expensive because of demand from dairy farmers and horse owners.
Grasses have started to brown on hillsides with shallow soil or southern exposures to the sun, said Theresa Becchetti, a livestock and natural resources adviser at the University of California Cooperative Extension, in an email this week.
But she said other rangeland still could benefit from rain, until the point in spring when the grasses "set seed and complete their annual life cycle."
Stanislaus County had about 436,000 acres of rangeland as of 2011, according to its agricultural commissioner. Merced County reported 562,471 acres, San Joaquin about 120,000.
Cattle graze on about 200,000 acres of rangeland in Tuolumne County, which has little irrigated agriculture. (The rivers that arise there were long ago claimed for flatland farming.)
I have a soft spot for that county because I used to work at The Union Democrat in Sonora. I still like to visit the town, whether on assignment for The Bee or on a family outing.
I like to feel I am going to a place apart from the valley, a place separated by 30-plus miles of grassland dotted by cattle and oaks.
That buffer might not last if the cattle business does not thrive. The ranchers need adequate rain, strong demand for beef and land-use policies that don't allow too many homes on the range.
The land matters to other creatures, as ranchers heard at last month's Oakdale Livestock Forum.
"Most of our threatened and endangered species, most of our wildlife, make their habitat on rangelands," said Pelayo Alvarez, director of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. "They're very important."
As important as the Easter Bunny, if you ask me.
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