Rain Is About To Pound The Golden State



A rainy season that hasn’t been very rainy until recently is about to end with a bang.

The storms expected to hit a wide area of the California coast is being called an “atmospheric river” in meterological terms.

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle‘s SFGate with more:

A supercharged storm known as an “atmospheric river” is on its way to California and expected to bring a days-long deluge of rainfall along with mild temperatures.

The “pineapple express” soaker that’s carrying moisture from as far away as Hawaii  will deliver widespread rain to the Bay Area late Tuesday morning through Thursday.

The warm, wet system will keep daytime highs mild — in the 50s and 60s — and bring the heaviest rainfall to the South Bay and southward into Central California.

Monterey and Santa Cruz counties could see 2 to 5 inches of rain and the highest peaks in Big Sur more than 10 inches across the three-day period. Urban parts of the Bay Area are forecast to record about 1.5 inches.

The rain will first hit the Big Sur area early Tuesday morning and spread into the central Bay Area later in the morning, most likely in the middle of the morning commute. Rain will be widespread, heavy and steady Tuesday afternoon.

Southern Californians are also bracing for very wet weather.

Here’s the Los Angeles Daily News with what to expect:

A powerful Eastern Pacific storm system took aim at the Southland today, preceded by a subtropical plume of moisture expected to generate rain starting this afternoon and trigger flash flooding both in burn areas and far from them beginning Wednesday, forecasters said.

The Pacific storm system will be making its West Coast approach through Friday, according to a National Weather Service statement.

At the same time, “a subtropical fetch of moisture well ahead of the system is expected to bring periods of moderate to heavy rain to portions of Southwest California as early as this afternoon and continuing through late Thursday or early Friday,” it added. “The most widespread moderate to heavy rain currently looks to be focused along and ahead of a cold front pushing through the region Wednesday night into Thursday.”

The rain likely will stop late Thursday or early Friday, according to the NWS.

Total rainfall from this storm is expected to range from 2 to 5 inches in coastal and valley areas and between 5 and 10 inches across the foothills and coastal slopes, it said.