Some areas of California will experience the wettest second half of May in the historical record. Inches of rain will fall in the lowlands and several feet of snow will pile up in the high Sierra Nevada. The accumulated precipitation forecast for the next five days provided by the European Center is stunning, with roughly 5 inches in the high terrain and even two inches in San Francisco. This is a time of the year that California is normally quite dry. Looking forward ten days, the totals get even more impressive. Moderate precipitation even gets down to LA, and some mountain locations will experience 6-9 inches. Want to be impressed? Most of California will be hit by MORE THAN 500% of normal precipitation (see below) And some of the high Sierra Nevada will see 2-3 feet of snow. Let me reiterate, this is a period when California is normally quite dry. To demonstrate this, here are the historical probabilities of getting 2 inches in 7 days in San Francisco. Has never happened in late May before. It WILL this year. Other sites show the same thing–this kind of heavy rain in late May is very, very unusual, if not unprecedented…. Read full this story
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