Southen California Welcomes First Storms Of The Rainy Season


The driest areas of Southern California can expect some relief as the first storm in months is expected to send heavy rains to the area in the coming week.

Starting as early as 10 A.M. the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange could see more than an inch of rain. This would be the first significant rain seen in these areas since the rainy season began in the month of October. The precipitation is expected to last through Wednesday.

The winter weather in the area has been close to form as storms have been deflected in the direction of Alaska and parts of the Pacific Northwest, areas that have experienced heavy rainfall this rainy season. This has resulted in a state snowpack that is much lower than desired.

Derek Schroeter, a meteorologist working in San Diego with The National Weather Service explains that the area is fortunately now getting sufficient energy to allow for the movement of low pressure 'through the ridge' of what has been dominating high pressure.

The cities of Long Beach and County of Los Angeles are expecting are anxiously expecting I ¼ inches of rain. While Riverside and Orange counties onto an area that includes Huntington Beach should see about an inch of rain. The forecast calls for the area of San Clemente to see slightly less than an inch of rain while the Santa Ana mountains are set to receive two inches.

The area of Southern California is more than happy to receive the rain as it is a lack of precipitation that has helped fuel the historic wildfires that have devastated the area. The problem was heightened due to the amount of now dry brush as a result of the plentiful rains a year ago being a catalyst for increased vegetation.

The State Water Resources Control board recently released the results of their first snow survey of the wet season. The term used to describe the results was ‘disappointing.’ The water infrastructure for the state is critically dependent upon the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada which is responsible for providing the Southern California area with much of its water.