Predicted Bay Area storm has potential to end fire season

15 October 2021

The rainy season may officially kick in next week, with the potential to end the wildfire season, according to a long-range forecast by the climate forecast branch of the National Weather Service.

However, to do that, the storm system predicted over the northeastern Pacific Ocean Oct. 20-24 would have to bring in 2 inches of rain to the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California.

That’s not very likely, according to meteorologist Brayden Murdock.

“We’re finally getting into that transition period as we get into fall where we see more of these low-pressure systems coming in,” said Murdock, who works for the National Weather Service in Monterey. “This will be the first low-pressure system of the water year that started Oct. 1, coming in over Oregon and some portions of Northern California with a cold front. It has the potential to bring up to 2 inches, but that would be the highest of the high.

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