Rain showers with an occasional burst of sunshine this Monday morning on California’s north coast, as supposedly the wet weather is expected to taper-off by late this afternoon, allowing maybe a much-drier week ahead.
The last two/three-days, though, some fierce windy-storms, with high-velocity gusts.
According the NWS‘ weather-conditions thingy, my spot near the airport topped-out gusty at 51-mph about noon Saturday — we were midway on the location-list, which ran the span of gusts from 85-mph near Orick, to 44-mph in Hopland.
Full wind-gust table at Lost Coast Outpost
Unusual, but not rare for these parts, but the winds were really banging on Saturday as we were swamped by Winter Storm Kori, another of those ‘atmospheric rivers,’ the second of three ARs to spattered across the Northwest since last Wednesday. The last one came-and-went yesterday and last night.
Reportedly, the WunderBlog‘s Weather-Forecaster chart displays a really-good local environment (comparability past) until well into next week, with hopefully a bit of bright, glaring sunshine-time thrown in for good measure.
In the question of our drought, we in the north have been way-doing our part with high-rain totals since the fall. This is most-likely the rainiest season I’ve experience since moving here in June 2007. And it’s not over yet.
Meanwhile, in SoCal this past week’s worth of storms has finally made a dent — record-book wet.
From the LA Times this morning:
Sunday’s huge storm — which dumped nearly 4-inches of rain in some areas — is part of a wetter trend that began in the fall.
Since Oct. 1, downtown L.A. has received more than 13-inches of rain — 216-percent of normal for this period, which the National Weather Service said was 6.26-inches.
It’s a remarkable turnaround.
Over the summer, the National Weather Service announced that the past five years were the driest ever in downtown L.A. since official record keeping began almost 140 years ago.
Precipitation during those five years totaled just 38.79-inches — roughly half of normal.
Since Oct. 1, total precipitation in the Sierra Nevada has been soaring at rates similar to the wettest winters in the modern record: 1982-83 in the northern and central Sierra and 1968-69 in the southern Sierra.
As of last week, Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir and a major source of water for San Joaquin Valley agriculture, is 82-percent full and releasing water to create more storage room.
Oroville, which supplies the State Water Project, is 77-percent full and also making releases.
Sunday’s storm was one for the record books, flooding streets and freeways and dumping more than 3 inches of rain in numerous communities from Long Beach through Garden Grove and Yorba Linda.
Long Beach got more than 4-inches, setting an all-time record.
Redondo Beach got 3.44 inches.
“It’s not a normal event. It was definitely a culmination of the perfect circumstances: We had a very intense atmospheric river with a lot of moisture and an area of lift in the atmosphere right over coastal Los Angeles and Orange counties. It forced all of that moisture out,” said Brett Albright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in San Diego.
Now a lull in the process, at least for a few days.
Later on, coverage maybe of the era of ‘alternative facts’ and our lie-life located well-inside the outer maker of The Twilight Zone…