The North Bay is only expecting to see a quarter of an inch, with the rest of the Bay Area maybe a tenth of an inch on average.
It’s official. Winter has been cancelled and we are catapulting over Spring and entering Summer. I must admit, for the first time this “Winter” season, my hopes are dashed. I am putting away my coats, storing my sweaters and packing up my rain boots. My “cold weather running gear” was never used this Winter.
The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center describes this as a “weak, weird and late” version of El Niño, and not many places are expected to feel its effects.
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh says “there are a number of measures that suggest that the drought we’re in now is the worst on record.”
A cold storm system dropping down from the north will bring showers and possible thunderstorms to our area starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.
After four days of rainfall, the San Francisco Bay Area has seen SOME relief to some areas, while other regions remain in “EXTREME to EXCEPTIONAL Drought. Over a foot of rain accumulated in Venado (12 miles west of Healdsburg) and as a result, the coastal mountains are now considered in a “Severe Drought”, not as dismal as the remaining Bay Area. In fact, many interior valleys received less than 1 inch of precipitation in the rain gauge and the Salinas Valley tallied less than 1/2 inch from the Friday through Monday rain event. Not nearly enough to note markedly improved conditions there.
The Bay Area received some impressive rain over the last few days. One of the wettest spots is a place many people probably haven’t heard of.
Crews are working to clear trees and power lines that were knocked down in this weekend’s Bay Area storm.
More than 2,000 PG&E customers in the Bay Area are still without power Monday morning following the weekend rain and windstorm, utility officials said.
A brief break in the rain provided Bay Area residents with spectacular rainbows Sunday.