Traces of rain and overcast skies in the Sacramento region Sunday brought welcomed relief after weeks of hot, dry weather.
“It is rare to have any rain events in the summertime,” said Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “They occasionally happen, but this is a good treat for people used to the hot and dry.”
The weird weather was the result of monsoonal moisture originating in the desert Southwest, said NWS meteorologist Tom Dang.
“It’s somewhat common this time of year for monsoonal desert moisture to work its way up into California, especially into the Sierra,” Dang said. “This (weather event) just happens to be stronger than usual, and it’s bringing cloud cover over most of the state, giving us a break from the usual highs of the low to mid-90s.”
Sunday was the coolest day of July, with a high of 83 in Sacramento.
While the traces of rain in Sacramento on Sunday weren’t enough to be recorded, rain in the foothills and surrounding towns did make it onto the charts. Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Placerville and Arnold recorded amounts ranging from 0.01 in Placerville to 0.16 in Arnold. Sacramento hasn’t seen measurable rainfall since May 5, according to the National Weather Service.
Lake Tahoe saw considerably more rain than the Valley, with thunderstorms pouring down from one-quarter to three-fourths of an inch of rain, Henry said.
A call to the popular lakefront Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson resort outside of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday morning found manager Keven Extrom keeping an eye on the sky. “We’ve had afternoon thunderstorms the last couple of days, and right now it’s a little overcast,” he said. “I imagine it will be the same today.”
Across the lake on the west shore, a few miles outside Tahoe City, the popular lakefront resort Sunnyside was prepared for inclement weather.
“Last night, a lightning bolt struck near the (boat-docking area), and a minute later it started pouring rain and hailing,” said Larrisa Cassella, who works at the restaurant. “We moved everyone inside, and everything worked out.”
Tuolumne County saw 1.99 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. A flash-flood warning was enacted throughout the day Sunday in the area burned in last year’s Rim fire around Yosemite National Park. The sudden storm brought 1.59 inches between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Henry said.
Although no more rain is expected this week, temperatures in Sacramento will stay below 90 until Thursday. By the end of the week, highs are expected to climb near 100 again, Henry said.
“Once it starts to bump up, warm temperatures will stick around for a while,” she said.
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