Region goes dry again after a few drops of rain

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 - 11:12 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

The Sacramento Valley got very little moisture from the storm Saturday.

Downtown Sacramento only received 0.01 inch of precipitation, while the executive airport got only a trace.

“We were on the southern tip of the moisture,” said Drew Peterson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “The storm didn’t quite come together as we thought it would. The moisture stayed mostly along the foothills and mountains.”

Redding got 0.6 inches of rain, followed by Placerville with 0.56. Kingvale received 2 inches of snow and 0.62 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Ski resorts benefited from 3 to 8 inches of new snow, with Parkwood getting 8 inches at the highest peaks, and Boreal posting 6 inches of fresh powder.

The next chance of rain for Sacramento may come Wednesday, but it is unlikely to bring much precipitation.

“We do have a weak system coming in, but it does not look as good as the last system,” said Peterson. “We’re right on the fringe.”

In the meantime, the President’s Day holiday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 46.

Clouds will start coming in Tuesday, as a weak storm system starts moving into the area. Highs will be similar to Monday - 64 degrees, with a low of 47.

There is a 25 percent chance of rain on Wednesday in the Sacramento Valley, while the Sierra Nevada will get 1 to 2 inches of fresh powder.

Temperatures will remain warm in Sacramento, with a high of 64 and low of 40.

“The system doesn’t look too wet,” said Peterson.

Another high pressure ridge starts moving in over northern California on Thursday, bringing sunny skies to Sacramento, and clouds over the mountains. It will also mean the return of warmer than normal temperatures during the day.

Highs in the capital city Thursday will stay warm - 64 degrees, with a low of 41.

The thermometer will start creeping up on Friday, with the daytime high of 69 degrees, and nighttime low of 42.

February is usually the second wettest month for Sacramento, with 3.69 inches of rain. So far this month, the city has posted 3 inches of precipitation.

“We’re not too far behind for this month, but we’re still behind,” said Peterson.

Sacramento has received only 4.95 inches of rain since July 1, the start of the water year. By now, the city should have received 13.28 inches of moisture, so Sacramento is 37 percent of normal.

It is still possible to get more rain next month. Sacramento averages 3.32 inches in March. But for now, “it’s not looking too good,” said Peterson.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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