The previous 2 weeks have blessed California with much needed rainfall. For us here in the deserts, rainfall so far this month has been close to or slightly above normal. For areas from Los Angeles and to the north, rainfall has been above normal... and in some circumstances, portions of Central California are seeing nearly record amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Here are some local figures:
- JANUARY 2017 RAINFALL TO DATE: 0.67
- NORMAL JANUARY TO DATE: 0.62
- RAINFALL SINCE OCTOBER 1, 2016 TO DATE: 2.46 (0.01 below normal)
- NORMAL RAINFALL FROM OCT. 1 TO DATE: 2.47
- JANUARY 2017 RAINFALL TO DATE: 0.63
- NORMAL JANUARY TO DATE: 0.32
- RAINFALL SINCE OCTOBER 1, 2016 TO DATE: 2.31 (1.18 above normal)
- NORMAL RAINFALL FROM OCT. 1 TO DATE: 1.13
Compare those numbers to some of the impressive figures further north:
REDDING, CA: Rainfall since October 1, 2016 to Present: 25.81 (10.16 inches ABOVE normal)
SACRAMENTO, CA: Rainfall since October 1, 2016 to Present: 16.66 (8.73 inches ABOVE normal)
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA: Current snow depth at top of peak: 22.5 feet! If Mammoth receives another 20 inches of snow before the end of the month (which they will likely do, as they are expecting 3-4 more feet later this week and this weekend), January will go down as the snowiest ever on record for the mountain. GREAT NEWS for California reservoirs!
NEW WET PATTERN TO EMERGE LATER THIS WEEK
California will get a chance to dry out, with sunshine re appearing through about Wednesday. However, several new storms appear ready to hit the state again later this week.
For the deserts, it appears we have a chance for showers around next Thursday, with potentially a small break before another stronger storm hits later Friday and Saturday. Another break appears likely Sunday, with yet another, potentially even stronger system, possible for the following Monday.
It is unclear how much rain or mountain snow Southern California will get from each of these storms. However, there is a relatively high possibility for more rain, high winds and mountain snow. Anyone traveling to the mountains in the state should be prepared for another round of crippling weather conditions if the storms materialize as expected.
WHY ALL THIS PRECIPITATION? ISN'T EL NINO OVER??
Well, we are in a weak "La Nina" condition, which is when the temperatures along the Pacific Equatorial waters are slightly cooler than normal, as is currently the case. Weak La Nina's ALSO have a long history of creating above average rain and snowfall for California. So, while El Nino was a bust last year, the very weak La Nina is living up to its historical averages this year.
More weather news later this week! Enjoy the dry spell, PS! Temps approaching the high 60's or 70 will feel great!