L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system
In Southern California, most areas near the coast don’t see the intense wind events expected at San Diego Airport on Sunday and Tuesday. That’s because of a new climate change-enhanced weather pattern called the “Pacific Decadal Oscillation,” or PDO. This system of alternating cool and warm weather and precipitation that started forming in California in the mid-20th century, is the most notable feature in the area today.
But there are other ways that climate change is changing the way air moves in the region. One of those things is that Northern California is getting rain from far across the country, as the storms in the region on Sunday and Tuesday get blown north. That storm system has been called the “West Coast Severe Storms.”
As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service had recorded 7.5 inches of rain and snow from Northern California to the Oregon border. That’s about two inches more than it recorded from January to March last year. And that’s before the biggest storm of the year, the one that dumped about 8 feet of snow on parts of Northern California on Monday, just as the storm system was wrapping up its journey through Southern California.
The rain is expected to move inland, bringing more snow to the Sierra Nevada. It has been drizzling or raining on parts of the range since Sunday.
And that’s just one storm system.
And that’s just one wind storm.
Some of the biggest storms, the ones that deliver the most rain, will be arriving this weekend.
And we’re starting to see the effects of that by the way the area has been seeing the rain.
In a statement, the National Weather Service said, of the 12 largest storms since 1961, seven of them occurred in the last two weeks, during one of the six “periods of heavy precipitation” with