Southern California Weather Force has issued a Flood Watch effective now for Saturday as the next storm system in the current Raiden Storm Pattern moves on through. For the details of this system, read on …
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEATHER FORCE MAIN:
The long-range weather warning issued a week ago (Click here to read that) is still on target. Our next system hits this weekend with another next week. But this watch has been issued for Saturday. For Friday however, a weakening front will move through the San Luis Obispo to Vandenberg forecast zones, it will weaken as it moves eastward toward VT/LA … so not expecting it to fully survive.
The watch activates now for Saturday. On Saturday morning, heavy rainfall within the watch zone in SLO/Santa Barbara County will develop. This moves eastward through VT over the day and into the evening for Los Angeles, Orange, Inland Empire, San Diego and surrounding mountains within. Snow-levels with the main front will be rather high with this first system so maintaining issued the Flood Watch for the mountain resorts zones as well.
SUNDAY EVENING/NIGHT INTO MONDAY: This is the next system. While this Flood Watch for Saturday does not favor Downtown San Diego, the next system will. In fact, the way the upper lift is setting up, San Diego may see more rainfall than Los Angeles for once with it. Will touch on that as the first system departs.
SEASON RAINFALL THUS FAR: Back in the Fall I issued the forecast for the season that would see average to above average rainfall. Average is in the 14″ rain mark for Los Angeles. My forecast was for 14-18″ with a median of 16″. You can read that forecast archive by Clicking Here. So far this season, counting all the months including this one thus far, Downtown Los Angeles has received 10.46″ of rain, with another 2″ on the way for the next couple of systems combined over the next 5 days. Before this next week is over, we will see Los Angeles in the 12.50″ mark, a couple inches shy of normal rainfall. For this time of year within the season, we still have a couple months left to push that even further up. We are now out of extreme drought as I type this.
LONG RANGE: As stated in the Long-Range Weather warning in the link above, we will lose the current storm pattern by January 20th or around there. But we still have a long way to go through February with the next expected pattern.
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