This City Has Already Seen a Full Year’s Worth of Rain…in 3 Weeks
It’s no secret that this month has been an especially wet one out West, but for one city in California, it’s led to a year’s worth of rain in barely three weeks.
The small city of Bishop, California, located in the arid interior and in the lee of the Sierra Nevada mountains, has already seen all of the rain it normally gets in a full year…in 22 days. So far this month, the city of about 4,000 people has received 5.23″ of rainfall, exceeding the 5.18″ typical annual rainfall Bishop normally gets in a full 365-day year.
A persistent hose of moisture, known in the meteorological community as an ‘atmospheric river’, has unleashed constant, heavy rainfall on the West Coast, but some places like Bishop have seen historic levels of rainfall, while the mountains of California sift through feet upon feet of heavy snow.
Places like Reno, Nevada have already seen about three-quarters of their typical annual rainfall in barely three weeks, and Los Angeles is at well over half of the typical rainfall it gets in a full year in just those same three weeks as well. The heavy rainfall has significantly helped drought conditions in California, putting big dents into rain and snow deficits along the West Coast.
The forecast, however, promises brighter weather (finally!) out West for the most part as a ridge of high pressure builds in, steering moisture away from the region, including Bishop and near(ish)-by Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the busy West and the continued easing of the California drought.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi