Friday, December 16, 2016

NWS official: This week's rain 'a typical winter storm'

Cindy Matthews, one of the lead forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Sacramento, made some observations about the past storm in an email this morning. She wrote:
This was an exciting storm with a little wind, lots of rain and even a little bit of high water. This storm was a typical winter storm for Northern California, it was even being characterized as an Atmospheric River storm - warm temperatures with high snow levels and plenty of rain. Since we've been in a 5 year drought with very few storms, to some folks, leading up to it, this seemed like a huge storm - it wasn't.
I'll be checking on whether this week's storms had an impact on agriculture and its effect on reservoirs, snowpack, etc. Keep watch at for the latest in weather conditions and impacts throughout the West.

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