Pacific Storm to Bring Beneficial Rains to Drought-Stricken California, Early Next Week
California is in the grips of one of its worst droughts in decades. The Golden State has been more brown as of late, due to major precipitation deficits in recent years. This year, Californians dealt with a raging wildfires that scorched thousands of acres and lowered water tables to record levels. The lack of groundwater also presented a major threat to the state’s agricultural industry.
And even with recent rains, more than 55 percent of California remains in the “exceptional drought” category — the highest on the rating scale from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Worse yet, more than 94 percent of the state is classified as “severe drought.”
While the impending early-week system may not have a huge impact on the overall state of the drought, it will have a significant effect in the short-term.
So what can Californians expect next week?
Well, starting Monday night rain will being moving on shore in northern California. Cities like San Franciso, Sacramento and Redding will likely see showers staring in the overnight hours of Monday into early Tuesday.
Rain will continue for much of northern California throughout the day, on Tuesday. By the afternoon hours rain will be staring for coastal regions of central and Southern California. Forecast models indicate moderate-to-heavy rain could begin to fall from Los Angeles to San Diego later Tuesday afternoon as well.
Rain is likely to continue across the state, through the end of Wednesday and some of the totals could be substantial. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches aren’t out of the question for many parts of the Central Valley and the central California Coast.
Similar amounts are also expected in much of northern California and along coastal regions of Southern California.
Forecast amounts from NOAA’s Hydrological Prediction Center indicate that more than 5.5 inches of rain is possible in parts of northern California though the end of next week. Some of the rain will fall in areas that were ravaged by wildfires and mudslides could occur. Residents in these areas should remain weather-aware and monitor forecasts frequently.
The forecast is subject to change in the coming days and WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping an eye on it for you.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond