It was just around 5:30 this morning. A ton of water fell from the sky. It backed off a bit, then stopped for a while. Moderate to heavy rain back in at 6:45. This system feel like it has the squall effect going on. Look out for sudden heavy bursts of rain through the morning hours. The rain should let off a good bit late in the day. With the tenth of an inch that fell before midnight, we are already up to one and a half inches of rain here in town this morning. Rain started around 1AM, and the half hour from 5:30-6:00 netted .4 inches of rain. There is a lot of water out there looking for a place to go. The tide is currently high, so river egress is slow and swelling increased.
We had a short break of no rain, but a quick look at the radar suggest another cell is behind this one. And we are actually on the northern fringe of the current cell. It looks like it just unloaded in the Salinas Valley. Rainfall totals are going to be impressive. Also impressive is how far south this thing reaches; it in fact seems to be more concentrated south of here. The midnight run forecast about an inch and half more rain by noon, with another quarter inch by night fall. If that holds true, we will likely have some significant road and power issues develop. The good news is we are not expecting wind like we saw the other night. This storm will have some breezy periods, but mostly sub 30mph.
This is looking like quite a little system people, but pales in what is forecast for Sunday into Monday. At least on the statewide level. For us here, we see a bit of a break on Saturday. With a little luck, the sun will come out. It poked about a bit yesterday, before shielding itself behind a cloud layer. The next system moves in later on Saturday night with the heavy rain arriving just before sunrise. We are expecting rain like this morning's persisting for maybe 10 hours. So the daylight hours on Sunday look pretty wet. Movie maybe? Lighter rain overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. We will end up with several inches. SoCal mountains and the Sierra are looking at upwards of five inches of precipitation, across larges areas.
Then we get a break. Details still sorting out, but sunny by Wednesday. High pressure settling in. Some warmth developing. No too much. Skiing should be the best in years once this all clears out. If you hope to ski this storm, be wise, plan your trip, and make sure you know what you are getting into. Mountain travel will be hazardous, and passes will close. Last week, Rt88 was closed for five days. So, yeah, be prepared. Here in town the surf will build today, to a peak tomorrow. It is going to be huuuuuuuuuge. And stormy. If you are venturing out to looks at what fury mother nature can stir, stand well clear of the cliffs. The danger is not just from the waves sweeping up and over, but the super saturated earth that just wants to flow like water.
I'll post up here on Sunday, but tomorrow is a travel day. Be safe.