Although the Bay Area has seen some wet weather this week, it hasn’t done much to dig us out of the dry hole we’re in.
Rainfall totals around the most populated regions of the Bay Area still range anywhere from 30% to 45% of what’s expected since the tracking year began Oct. 1.
San Francisco and Oakland International Airports each received just under a fifth of an inch of rain the past 72 hours bringing their respective totals to 6.27 inches (normal for SFO: 18.07 inches) and 5.87 inches (normal for OAK: 17.76 inches). Interestingly, San Francisco downtown has received more than 2.5 inches more than the airport.
Most of the region’s precipitation since the calendar year began has come in the form of rain showers, whose “spotty nature” leads to a “wide variety of overall rainfall totals,” a National Weather Service meteorologist at the Monterey office said.
The coast south of the Bay Area has fared far better, with Watsonville and Monterey have reached 74% and 73% of their expected rainfall totals for the year. It’s been no different this week, with storms hitting hardest on the coast. Monterey picked up more than an inch and a half of rain in the past 72 hours.
Even just south of San Jose, Campbell received three-fifths of an inch and other areas on Highway 87 got up to three-quarters. The rain is expected to continue in the south Bay, with the best chance to see isolated showers and possibly a thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon, the NWS said.
The region should get a reprieve from the rain Friday before much of the same scattered showers return for the weekend.