I haven't check in to NorCal forecast, but for SoCal they are predicting times of over 1" of rain an hour, accumulations of each storm, of which there are at least 4, from 3 to 6 inches coastal, higher amounts in the foothills. South facing slopes will get the highest amounts.
This is bad news for the burn areas, especially the Station fire area. This includes Pasadena, Altadena, Sylmar, all horsey areas. I board my horse in Moorpark, which had a fire in September. Fortunately it stayed in unpopulated areas, so the worst that will probably happen is it will, once again, rearrange the trails.
Last week my dad was crowing over the low temperatures we had here. He sent me pix of frozen school busses and whatnot. I guess it'll be my turn after his house floats away. If it's a Pineapple Express you have my best wishes.
From the Special Weather statement on Wunderground, accessed by looking up Torrance (just south of L.A.):
"For the entire week... there is the potential for rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches in coastal and valley areas... and 8 to 16 inches in the foothills and mountains. Local rainfall amounts over 20 inches will be quite possible across favored south facing coastal slopes."
Should make for an interesting L.A. Opener Show !
End of January/beginning of February is historically the rainiest time in Southern California. At least I should be able to catch up on my grading.
Great ! Now I ask the rhetorical question... will my water bill go down ( it just went up 16% ) ?
Nahhh,we'll still be having a drought. Gotta love California.
I think we could all be washing out to sea and that guy at CalTech would still say we were having a drought. I have come extremely close to calling him and asking if he'd like to hand walk a few or perhaps do some trenching.
I'm in the foothills above Sacramento Grass Valley/Nevada City area. Expecting 10"+ of rain, total ugh! I went out today stocked up on critter and Mommy food and hay and shavings delivered tomorrow, just in case.... There is so much underground water now I have springs all over my pastures, total mud mess. My barn has never flooded (french drain works wonders) my run-in is dry but muddy in front (french drain in the spring for sure). What I'm afraid of is the electricity going out for water, I'm on a well need my pump. I knew I should have bought that used generator. I am not looking forward to the upcoming week but have lots of indoor projects to keep me busy. The small and big critters are going to drive me nuts wanting out to play... I knew it was going to be a bad winter when my horses and little critters starting getting winter coats in August! I did get 4" of snow a few weeks ago and in the 20's very rare for here. Hope everyone comes through the storms a ok!
wow, I obviously should watch the news later in the day and not when I'm first waking up because I did not hear that the storms were going to deliver that much rain! I hope everyone stays safe and their interwebz doesn't go out so that we at least have COTH to keep us entertained!
A local volunteer firefighter posted the NWS special alert this morning on our local chat board. It is impressive, and I'm battening. If this comes to fruition, we will have the hills down on the freeways and I'll be glad I was forced to buy flood insurance.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CA
210 PM PST THU JAN 14 2010
SOUTHERN SALINAS VALLEY...ARROYO SECO...AND LAKE SAN ANTONIO-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO COUNTY AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY
INCLUDING PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT-SAN FRANCISCO-
COASTAL NORTH BAY...INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-
SAN FRANCISCO BAY SHORELINE-EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-
SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-EAST BAY HILLS AND THE DIABLO RANGE-
NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY...HOLLISTER VALLEY...AND CARMEL VALLEY-
SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-SANTA CLARA VALLEY...INCLUDING SAN JOSE-
210 PM PST THU JAN 14 2010
...a very wet and windy week ahead for california still on track...
the latest forecast models continue to depict a series of storms will
move in from the pacific and impact california next week.
after a brief dry spell the storm door will start to open with a weak
front bringing light showers to the area on saturday.
the first of the more significant systems is forecast to spread rain
into our area starting late on sunday and continuing through monday
afternoon. this system could produce up to 3 inches of new rainfall
for the higher elevations and 1-2 inches for the valleys.
after a brief break on monday night the next in the series is
expected to spread more rain into our area throughout the day
tuesday and into tuesday evening. an additional 2-4 inches of
rainfall is possible across the higher elevations with 1-2 inches for
a second break is expected tuesday night into wednesday morning
before the next and most powerful system of the week approaches
during the day wednesday. this system could linger weill into
thursday. totals for this system could reach 3-5 inches or more
for the higher elevations and 1-3 for the valleys. as the front
moves through showers could persist well into friday. also of note...
a very powerful jet stream is forecast to be over california by the
middle of the week while a deep surface low is positioned off the
washington coast. this has the potential to produce very strong winds
and high wind warnings may be needed.
by the end of the week ahead...total rainfall could reach 10-15
inches at the higher elevations and the potential for up to 20
inches in the wettest locations. in the valleys...4-8 inches.
Well, we are planning to go to a schooling show tomorrow in the East Bay and I don't want to get rained on. Yes, we are fair weather horse show'ers. Might be able to get in and out before the torrents hit (hopefully).
Clint one of the ladies that takes lessons at my barn is fire dispatch and she brought that report out with her yesterday too. They are calling in all off duty firefighters for accidents and flooding issues for next week. She said this is the first big weather bulletin they have gotten in years and they are all taking it very seriously.