Light showers do little to reduce Sonoma County rainfall deficit

15 February 2021

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.

The disappointingly dry trend, coming in what is usually the heart of the rain season, is “not a huge surprise,” she said.

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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