Weak Storm System Bringing Rain to Claycord on Wednesday & Thursday

January 28, 2014 8:00 am · 15 comments

Much-needed rain will be arriving in the Bay Area this week, but a forecaster said today that it won’t be enough to quell the region’s drought worries.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a lot of rain,” National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Riley said.

There will be about a quarter to one-third of an inch of rainfall between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, she said. The North Bay and higher-elevation areas may see up to a half-inch of precipitation.

In the Monterey Bay area, only about a tenth of an inch of rain is expected. She said lingering showers may keep minimal amounts of the wet stuff in the area into Friday.

“It’s not going to make any difference at all,” she said, referring to the statewide drought declared by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. “It’s just enough to water some lawns.”

Riley warned that built-up oil on roadways could make for slick and dangerous driving conditions once the rainy weather arrives.

Otherwise, she said, “it’s just a really, really weak winter storm” with no strong winds in the forecast.

The storm is heading in from the Aleutian Islands and moving southeast toward the California coast.

This weekend is expected to be dry again with no sight of rain into next week, she said.

The Bay Area has been warmer than usual this month, but temperatures are expected to drop to normal late-January temperatures between the low 50s and mid-60s, she said.

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Dorothy January 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hope it’s enough to actually wet the ground. Last one they said would bring some sprinkles or showers slid right by my neighborhood without leaving a drop.

JLG January 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I think I will run out and wash my car in insure that it rains.

Enough to get the roads wet? January 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Imagine the traffic accidents.

It may rain.... January 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Doesn’t look like much…. I’ll keep my sprinklers running.

Shelly January 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

The horrible air moved out! I can breathe !!! YIPPEE !!!

Chevrolet girl January 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I’m sure it will be just enough for the dogs to track in the mud!

Incognito January 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

A little rain is better than no rain….

Concordanon January 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

So why are we in a drought when we live next to the ocean? Don’t say it’s because we can’t tap into the ocean for water because it’s dirty, there are companies out there who make water bottles that can take even the most dirtiest water and make it clean and drinkable. Also don’t say it harms the environment, because what we know from science is that the rain that were expecting has been evaporated from the ocean, cleaned and moved over land, and released. So why can’t we replace the middle step (the clouds) with a machine? It would obviously need to be highly regulated, as is rain.

MMM January 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

JLG, I’m with you on going out and washing the car! That always seems to do the trick!

Lay off the meth January 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM

@8, are you deliberately being stupid?

macawlady January 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

We’ll take it. A little bit is better than nothing!

Atticus Thraxx January 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Believe it when I see it.

Justin January 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Hopefully it rains.

Justin January 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM


That’s priceless! I needed that laugh. If you want to go to the ocean with a few buckets, our lawn could use it. We’re trying to conserve.

Put down the pipe!

Ozzy Moses January 28, 2014 at 8:36 PM

@8 Concordanan , in case you’re serious: You can “eliminate the middle man” if you only want a few buckets of clean water for the price of burning a ton of wood, coal, gas, or whatever. The problem is that even to evaporate the tiny amount precipitation that we are hoping for tomorrow, the sun probably used more energy than is available in all the nuclear bombs ever made. Getting fresh water from salt water is extremely energy intensive, by any method.

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