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Rainfall a disappointment in Sacramento 4 out of 5 months

Pedestrians with umbrellas cross the intersection of 12th and K Street on Tues., Jan.19, 2016 in Sacramento.
Pedestrians with umbrellas cross the intersection of 12th and K Street on Tues., Jan.19, 2016 in Sacramento. rbyer@sacbee.com

Only one month out of five this rainfall year has reached the average monthly amount of precipitation in Sacramento -- not quite what is expected in an El Nino year.

The dry weather led to some record high Leap Day temperatures in Sacramento on Monday. A high of 73 degrees was reported at Executive Airport, topping the previous Feb. 29 record of 69 degrees set in 2008. Downtown Sacramento recorded 74 degrees, edging above the record of 73 degrees set in 1924, said Travis Wilson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The run of warm, dry weather is expected to continue through at least the first two days of March, with highs around 74 degrees forecast for the Sacramento area Tuesday and Wednesday. But, Wilson said, “It’s looking better for March in terms of precipitation.”

A weak system is expected to move through the Sacramento region Wednesday and Thursday, bringing a 40 percent change of rain, followed by more active system and a better chance of showers Friday through Monday, Wilson said.

The rainfall year begins in October when the first significant rainfall is usually recorded in Northern California. October 2015 began what was to be disappointing precipitation in the following months, except for a very good January total:

October: 0.44 of an inch. Normal: 1.05 inches.

November: 1.35 inches. Normal: 2.43 inches.

December: 1.88 inches. Normal: 3.48 inches.

January: 5.79 inches. Normal: 3.97 inches.

February: 0.85 of an inch. Normal: 3.82.

Total rainfall since Oct. 1 is 10.31 inches, which is about 70 percent of normal for Sacramento on February 28.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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