A potent autumn storm gives the Bay Area a good drench today. Gotta miss this weather! Pics taken from around San Jose, CA. (Thursday, November 16, 2017)
An upcoming potent storm was headed for the Bay Area which was expected to dump rain across the region. Despite a break after seeing the first rains of the season, a lot more was on the way. This storm was to arrive by Wednesday. This was to be a colder system with rain spreading over the entire Bay Area Wednesday thru Thursday afternoon. This approaching system was to also include the season’s first “atmospheric river” event. California’s drought-busting 2016-17 winter was fueled by more than 30 atmospheric rivers. Those storms had replenished dwindling reservoirs & packed record amounts of Sierra snow. Anyways, in terms of forecast, mostly dry conditions were to be witnessed here before this system brings widespread rainfall & wind to the entire SF Bay Area… This potent storm could dump 3-5 inches of rain in the coastal areas and 1-2 inches inland. Potentially hazardous winds were also forecast with gusts up to 50 mph, prompting officials to issue wind advisories in the region. As the storm’s main front approaches, southerly winds were to pick up. Spots in the North & East Bay hills were likely to see gusts over 50 mph.
Looking ahead: The unsettled weather was to end by Friday or so. Further down the road, a more mild weather pattern was in store for the region, with temps rising up to the 70’s for the following week which was to be unseasonably warm for this time of year. Though this rainy season isn’t off to as fast a start as last winter, it’s still not too shabby. These early storm systems we’ve seen so far may have packed enough moisture to wet the ground after the region had experienced its hottest summer in recorded history…