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San Francisco Surpasses 2015 Rainfall, More Coming?

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It’s not going to solve the ongoing four-year drought in California, but it’s certainly a start.

With 3.85″ of rain in the last eight days alone, San Francisco, California has now officially surpassed its total rainfall from all of 2015. San Francisco has now recorded 10.28″ of rain so far in 2015, nearly two inches more than the city received all of last year. A rainy January (5.58″) has been particularly beneficial to the wet start to the calendar year in San Francisco, which is now almost an inch (0.77″) above average year-to-date.

Reservoirs in northern California have benefitted greatly from the heavy rainfall. The Sacramento River is at its highest point in nearly four years, and two key reservoirs, Lakes Shasta and Folsom, have both risen by 90-100 feet since December.

Meanwhile, southern California has mostly missed out on the heavy rains that the central and northern parts of the state have received so far this wet season (November-March). Los Angeles has only seen 5.07″ of rain through Saturday afternoon, almost two inches below its typical year-to-date total near seven inches.

Ongoing El Nino conditions have long been expected to help relieve California from the worst of its critical drought condtions that have led to mandatory state-wide water cutbacks.

More rain is possible this weekend in central and northern California as two quick-hitting systems move through. A drier upcoming work week is expected across most of the Golden State, however.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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