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Flooded Baton Rouge gets Sacramento’s yearly rainfall in four days

Tale of two cities.
Tale of two cities. National Weather Service

An illustration prepared by the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service shows that four days of rainfall in southern Louisiana that caused widespread flooding adds up to more than Sacramento received in 10 months.

The graphic notes that between Oct. 1, 2015, and Aug. 13, 2016, Sacramento received 16.97 inches of precipitation. In Baton Rouge, a total of 19.24 inches fell in just four days from Wednesday through Saturday.

While water has started to recede in Louisiana’s capital city, some residents struggled to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat, according to the Associated Press. The rain has mostly abated, but rivers and creeks are running high south of the city.

Eight deaths have been reported and more than 20,000 people have had to be rescued.

Meanwhile, in California, where every bit of rainfall is welcomed after years of drought, the state baked under sunny skies. The weather service is forecasting a high temperature near 100 degrees for the next three days in Sacramento.

The last time it rained in Sacramento was on May 20, when 0.14 of an inch was recorded. Since then, each month has been typically dry.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 62. South southeast wind around 7 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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