California will be getting drenched this weekend thanks to a rain storm; The National Weather Service said the San Francisco Bay area could get about nine inches of water before the storm ends on Monday morning. Johnnie Powell, a forecaster for The National Weather Service, said Sacramento will get more than an inch of rain, which is the most the area has received in a 24-hour period since December 2012. However, this rainstorm will not help the drought California is currently dealing with.
The drought can be explained through the amount of rain the state did not get; Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose have only received two to three percent of rain since July 1. That amount is only 25 percent of what the state would normally get by this time. Steve Anderson, a forecaster for The National Weather Service, said the storm will not stop the drought but it will help the situation. Andrea Pook, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District for Oakland, said that the rainstorm is great and needed. However, she says that people should not stop conserving water.
The East Bay Utility District will be voting to ask residents to reduce their water usage by 10 percent. San Francisco would have received 14.5 inches of rain by this part of the year; that amount is at a little more than three inches and three more inches are expected over the weekend. After California is done getting drenched this weekend, they might get light rain on Wednesday and Thursday along with a rainstorm moving in next weekend. The storm will not move into Southern California, since the rain is forecast to not fall any lower than south San Luis Obispo and counties in northern Santa Barbara; this rain pattern is because a ridge of high pressure is coming up from the south.
The weekend storm will remind people what California looked like after it had its driest year since it was declared a state in 1850; reservoirs were at a record low level, fire danger was high and farmers had to fallow their fields. Larry Smith, a meteorologist for The National Weather Service for Monterey, said the roadways will get some water and small stream and urban flooding. Smith continued by saying that there might be minor mudslides and that the weekend will be very messy.
The rain will allow residents to put out trash cans and other containers to collect rainwater for their plants; it also will fill up reservoirs. Forecasters predict that by Monday two to four inches will fall in San Francisco and the East Bay, two inches over the South Bay, four to six inches in Marion County and over the Santa Cruz Mountains and seven to nine inches in parts of Marin and Sonoma counties.
A rainstorm is the reason California is getting drenched this weekend; the storm will cause some areas to get between two and nine inches once the storm ends on Monday morning. Even though this is a large amount of rain, the storm will not end the drought. Forecasters believe this storm will help, but a lot more rain is needed to completely end the drought. Anderson said this storm is part of the warm subtropical storm system called “The Pineapple Express,” which is working its way from the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. The state of California will get a light shower on Wednesday and Thursday; they will also expect a storm over next weekend.
By Jordan Bonte