The smidgen of rain falling from Sunday into Monday and another band of showers later in the week will have scant impact on Sonoma County’s rainfall deficit, and the long-range forecast calls for below normal precipitation statewide through April.
“It’s not looking super-favorable at this point,” Brooke Bingaman, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Sunday.
With a La Niña weather pattern shunting most storms well north of the Bay Area, Santa Rosa had about 40% of normal rainfall Sunday — less than 10 inches since the Oct. 1 start of the rain year compared to an average of nearly 2 feet by this time of year.
Sunday’s showers are expected to diminish quickly by Monday afternoon, bringing about one-tenth of an inch of rain to Sonoma County’s valleys and up to three-tenths of an inch in the hills.
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