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Sonoma County gets light rain, with more on the way

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From left, Kieran and Gavin Edwards join Caleb Slight for a round of disc golf as storm clouds move in above Crane Creek Regional Park, Saturday, March 12, 2022 near Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2022

Sonoma County could be in for more wet weather in the coming days, following a weak storm system that brought light rain to parts of the North Bay on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists are anticipating the next arrival of rain Friday night.

“This will definitely be one of the wetter storms we’ve seen so far in 2022,“ said weather service meteorologist Brooke Bingaman, noting that it’s been an unusually dry year so far.

The incoming storm, which is expected to dump most of its moisture on Saturday, will spread across the entirety of the Bay Area, according to Bingaman.

It’s set to bring enough rain to dampen vegetation and temporarily ease concerns about wildfires spreading through dry fuels, Bingaman said.

Most of Sonoma County is expected to see about a quarter-inch of rain through Sunday, when the storm clears out, Bingaman said. The North Bay hills could see up to an inch.

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Santa Rosa artist honored by Marine Corps group

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Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat
Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat

Before he became a prolific, decorated painter of landscapes and portraits, John Deckert was a Marine.

The Rincon Valley resident enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves less than a week after he graduated from high school in 1966. After completing boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, he spent six months training with the Marines, but was not activated.

Fifty years later, Deckert had a kind of homecoming when he was commissioned to execute paintings for the combat art program, sponsored by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, in Washington, D.C. That program showcases the work of talented active-duty Marines, reservists and civilian artists, who depict Marines in a variety of roles and missions.

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