Northern California sees showers after lengthy dry spell

October 2, 2018 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain showers moved across Northern California on Tuesday after months of extremely dry weather.

“What’s that on the radar? Yep, it’s rain!” the Sacramento National Weather Service office tweeted.

Showers were reported from the coast inland to the state capital and the San Joaquin Valley, but rainfall rates varied greatly.

The 0.01 inch (0.25 millimeter) of rainfall received in Fresno by early afternoon was enough to crow about.

“This is the first measurable precipitation since April 16 which means that Fresno had 168 consecutive days without measurable rainfall,” the Hanford weather office tweeted.


The showers were helping suppress remnants of the summer’s wildfires, including two in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest region 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of the Oregon border where wet and muddy conditions were reported.

“Rains have dampened the grasses and small woody brush, however the larger fuels such as stumps and downed logs may continue to produce smoke and have potential to flare back up if the conditions become warm and dry,” the day’s status report said.

In the Sierra Nevada, forecasters said there would be a possibility of snow above 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) through Thursday morning, and the Mammoth Mountain ski resort announced Nov. 8 as its opening day for the season.

The upper level low pressure system responsible for the rain was expected to continue sliding down the coast, bringing rain to Southern California overnight and on Wednesday.

Southern California mountains and deserts separately had some showers Tuesday as the remnants of former Hurricane Rosa passed through northwestern Mexico, but the bulk of that moisture stayed farther east than initially forecast.