More Rain Expected To Arrive By Tuesday Night, Wednesday Morning

December 15, 2020 8:00 am · 14 comments

More rain is forecast for the Bay Area as early as Tuesday night, and very likely by Wednesday morning, National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Mehle said.

Over the weekend, Mount Tamalpais recorded 2.77 inches of rain from Saturday night through Sunday night, and the Ben Lomond area in Santa Cruz County recorded 1.56 inches during that same period.

Other measured rain totals included .78 inches in the north Oakland Hills; .75 inches in San Francisco; .56 inches in Hayward; .36 inches in Concord; .34 inches in San Jose; .22 inches in San Carlos; and .18 inches in Petaluma.

“Showers were sort of scattered, so amount totals varied quite a bit,” Mehle said.

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 9:03 AM

Seems like winter has been here since late October. Must be that “global warming”.

Chuq December 15, 2020 at 10:12 AM

Weather isn’t climate. Thank you for attending my TED Talk.

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 10:31 AM

Weather reflects climate. We’re in a solar minimum so there won’t be global warming but maybe a mini ice age.

Natalie December 15, 2020 at 11:10 AM

We had temperatures in the 70s just last week. There was warm weather on Halloween, too.

Forecast calls for warm, dry Halloween and warming trend through Monday: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Forecast-calls-for-warm-dry-Halloween-and-15689538.php

The National Weather Service in San Francisco is forecasting near-record warm conditions for this time of year on Monday, with highs in the 70s: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/12/07/california-december-wildfire-threat-santa-ana/

Chuq December 15, 2020 at 11:48 AM

So the polar ice caps are shrinking because of an… ice age? Wouldn’t an ice age enlarge the polar ice caps?

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 1:01 PM

Chuq, you need to read up on solar minimums. This was forecast by a Pentagon sponsored study in 2003. Natalie, look up the overnight temps for for 70 degree afternoons.

Chuq December 15, 2020 at 2:28 PM

Solar minimums do not reduce greenhouse gases. It isn’t going to make a dent in the human impact on the planet’s climate.

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 3:33 PM

And you know this how? Solar minimums have only been studied for a few decades (NASA started researching them 1989). Or is this the same science that sez masks are a panacea.

WC Resident December 15, 2020 at 9:48 AM

It may be raining somewhere in the bay area this evening but for or Walnut Creek and Concord, weather.com shows the rain starting Wednesday evening at 8pm. We have a full extra day with no showers or rain projected.

For those that like to look at the stars and planets, it will be clear and in the mid-40s from 7pm today to 1am tomorrow. Jupiter and Saturn continue to inch ever closer to each other into an alignment on December 21 we have not seen since about 400 years ago in 1623. It’s worth taking a look now while it’s clear plus you may see a random Geminid meteor. You can make a wish if you see one.

Rae Dio December 15, 2020 at 10:38 AM

@ WC Resident, I have question for you. For the past few months, we have spotted a very slow moving object in the sky around 10pm. The timing has been adjusting slightly (we now first spot it around 9:45). It is to the East and we named it “Flicker the Satellite” Is it a satellite? How do we find out more about it?
We are completely entertained by it. But, of course, we are also entertained watching the squirrels in the backyard during the daytime 🙂

WC Resident December 15, 2020 at 11:24 AM

@Rae Dio – Flicker is most likely an aircraft on a scheduled flight out of SFO or Oakland.

When you see Flicker then go to https://www.flightradar24.com/37.62,-121.7/8 and adjust the map to view your immediate area. Click on a yellow jet to see what flight it is.

I’m also easy to entertain and am happy watching the critters in the back yard.

Original G December 15, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Rain totals around the county, handy to have bookmarked.
http://www.ccflood.us/raintable.html

Kirkwood December 15, 2020 at 5:02 PM

OG – I check that site every year during during the wet season. I see that the Pavilion gauge has disappeared. I used to use it to cross check my rain gauge, both always showed low totals compared to surrounding areas. Could be a rain shadow?

Original G December 15, 2020 at 6:02 PM

Haven’t compared flood control site to other local reported gauges.
You could try this site and weather station that URL displays, then click on hyper icons in the map box for other reporting weather stations near you.
https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KCACONCO44

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