WEATHER WATCH: JANUARY 31, 2015

 

The storm on Tuesday, Jan. 28, brought just a trace of rain to Three Rivers. The season total is 6.82 inches, which is ahead of where we were in 2014 although the season is shaping up almost identically according to TKC’s WEATHER WATCH of January 31, 2014, which read:

“Just to ensure that January didn’t close out without any precipitation, the first drops of rain fell in the form of light showers on Thursday, Jan. 30, the first such moisture since early December.”

In contrast, until this week, the area had no rain since December 12.

The February 1 snow survey in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, the first snow survey of the year in that area, measured just 5.5 inches of snow at 8,000 feet elevation. The February 1 snow survey, conducted monthly January through May by California Department of Water Resources, also revealed that the snowpack in the Lake Tahoe area is 12 percent of normal; statewide the snowpack is just 25 percent of normal. As a result of these measurements, firefighters are gearing up for another long, hot, dry, volatile fire season in California.

In San Francisco, January 2015 became one for the record books. It is the driest start to a year ever for that city historically known for its fog and cold, damp, wet climate.

A record was set in January in Death Valley National Park. On Sunday, Jan. 25, the temperature reached 87 degrees Fahrenheit there, which is the warmest temperature recorded for that day at the Furnace Creek weather station. In addition, that temperature tied that of the previous hottest day ever recorded in January: January 8, 1962.

A strong eastern Pacific upper level ridge has continued to drive storm systems north of the Central California interior during what is supposed to be one of the wettest months of the year. Bakersfield picked up measurable rain with a system that came onshore from the south on January 11, 2015, where 0.63 inches of rain occurred. Otherwise, the region has been in a mild and dry pattern. 

Foothills commuters may still expect areas of dense fog in the early morning hours on the Valley floor.

 

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