A small storm predicted for Sunday could prevent this rainfall year from becoming the driest on record.
The driest water year on record is 1975-76 when only 7.25 inches of rain fell on Sacramento. So far, a paltry 7.07 inches has fallen in the 2013-14 water year, according to the National Weather Service.
The rainfall year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Sunday weather front may deliver some precipitation Sunday night, but time is running out on the rainy season in Northern California.
Next week looks dry and the average rain in April is only 1.30 inches in Sacramento. There’s still time to avoid the pitiful distinction of being the most parched year ever, but the clock is ticking.
So far in March, Sacramento has received 0.63 inches of rain.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Light and variable wind.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the morning.
Sunday night: Rain likely, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.