This rounds has been a little less wet than expected in town, but it has over delivered in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Elevations makes a difference here. Town has received just over 1.6 inches since late Saturday night. Meanwhile, Scotts Valley has topped 3.75 inches. All that rain in the hills has the rivers raging, mud is sliding and the sink holes are sinking. Nelson Road and Glenwood Drive in Scotts Valley are both impassable due to the road sinking into the earth or being washed out. Paradise Park in the San Lorenzo river has flooded. Highway 17 experienced closures yesterday due to mud slides. It is crazy out there. But there is also a light at the end of the tunnel.
Showers have become more sporadic across the state. We will likely see more rain through out the day, but there will be longer dry periods, and the showers will be lighter. The final part of this storm train moves in through the evening today, ramping up more rain. But it will be short lived. We are looking at maybe a tenth of an inch through the daylight hours, and perhaps a quarter this evening. There is still a chance we could top out at two inches here in town. By tomorrow though, we will see some real clearing.
Winds are expected to turn easterly today, as this system pushes to the south. As bad as things seem around here, it is nothing compared to SoCal is experiencing. Streets are flooded all over the L.A. basin, and the local mountains down there are getting hit very hard. While we do need the water, it is hard to absorb this much within just a few days.
The sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there be sun. In the afternoon. It remains cool though, with highs in the upper 50s through at least the work week. The air mass warms a bit and we may see low 60s for the weekend. The jury is still out on how long this sunny period will last, but at the very least, we can expect a week or more of glorious sunshine. Now that we have watered the garden, let the plants grow.