Mar 7, 2016

Moisture at last for California

California
USA
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
Webcam photo of snow atop Frazier Mountain in far northern Ventura County, CA, on Monday morning, March 7, 2016. Photo: NWS/Los Angeles
Webcam photo of snow atop Frazier Mountain in far northern Ventura County, CA, on Monday morning, March 7, 2016. Photo: NWS/Los Angeles

Rain lovers across central and northern California--and snow lovers across the Sierra Nevada--were equally pleased at the storminess that enveloped the region over the last several days. Multiday rainfall totals of 1” to 4” were widespread across the Bay Area, with larger amounts toward the north and at higher elevations. Several points along the Coast Range racked up 10” to 12” totals. Snowfall was also generous across the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east. All told, the weekend storms gave a big boost to a region that had gotten only scant precipitation during February--usually one of the wettest months of the year, and often a prodigiously stormy month during strong El Niño events, such as the one now in place.