Funnel cloud reaches down to surface of Lake Berryessa
The hit-or-miss nature of thunderstorms on Wednesday left some Sacramento neighborhoods dry while others got drenched.
The forecast for Thursday through Sunday calls for dry and sunny weather after Wednesday was notable for dark rain clouds, the flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder. Periodically, the clouds would open up to deliver sheets of rain in some Sacramento locations.
During the same Wednesday afternoon, some spots went begging for a raindrop. Those locations got zero official rainfall.
At the official National Weather Service rain gauge for Sacramento rain record-keeping, located near Sacramento State, a thunderstorm around 5 p.m. dumped 0.65 of an inch of precipitation into the bucket.
That boosted Sacramento’s rainfall total for the month of April to 1.47 inches. The average amount of rainfall for April in Sacramento is 1.30 inches.
One of the wettest locations in Sacramento County on Wednesday was along Eagles Nest Road, which is in between Rancho Cordova and Wilton. A total of 0.94 of an inch fell along Eagles Nest Road, according to the weather service.
However, it was either feast or famine. In Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Rio Linda, Rocklin and Loomis no rainfall was recorded at the official measuring stations for those communities.
Other spots where rain did fall: 0.12 in Elk Grove, 0.24 along Prairie City Road near Folsom, 0.45 at Sacramento Executive Airport, 0.04 in Roseville, 0.01 in Pilot Hill and 0.08 in Auburn.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80. North northwest wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind around 6 mph becoming north northwest in the evening.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 57.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 84.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 54.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.