Monday, March 4, 2013

February rainfall by the numbers

Here are the February and seasonal rainfall totals and comparisons to normal for selected California cities, according to the National Weather Service. Totals are as of Feb. 28:

Redding: Month to date 0.55 inches (normal 5.51 inches); season to date 20.67 inches (normal 25.23 inches)
Eureka: Month to date 1.75 inches (normal 5.63 inches); season to date 25.18 inches (normal 29.18 inches)
Sacramento: Month to date 0.36 inches (total 3.48 inches); season to date 12.61 inches (normal 13.73 inches)
Modesto: Month to date 0.32 inches (normal 2.38 inches); season to date 7.47 inches (normal 9.35 inches)
Salinas: Month to date 0.56 inches (normal 2.49 inches); season to date 8.24 inches (normal 9.2 inches)
Fresno: Month to date 0.89 inches (normal 2.03 inches); season to date 4.86 inches (normal 7.88 inches)

A little help may be on the way this week. From the weather service:
A strong cold front will bring widespread rain and mountain snow to Northwest California beginning early Tuesday morning. 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected. Snow levels will begin around 4000 feet and then fall Tuesday night into Wednesday to around 2000 feet. In the mountains of Trinity County heavy snow will be possible and a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for elevations above 4000 feet beginning late Tuesday morning into Tuesday night. Snow showers will continue Wednesday and Thursday. An unstable air mass will bring chances of showers and isolated thunderstorms Wednesday into Thursday near the coast with the strongest showers or storms capable of producing small hail. Stay tuned to the forecast for updates by visiting weather.gov/eureka or following us on Facebook or Twitter @NWSEureka.
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