Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, March 3 @ 9:58 a.m. / Weather
I spoke with Matthew Kidwell at the NOAA office on Woodley Island this morning about where we stand with regard to the drought.
The good news is that we ended February with a slightly higher than normal rain total. However, that still leaves us at about 43 percent of normal. We expect good rain this week and the models show a normal amount of rain coming over the next few weeks.
While this is good, a normal amount of rain keeps us at a deficit.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 8:45 a.m. / Weather
The short answer to the headline is no. This morning I talked with Bob, one of the weather forecasters at the National Weather Service offices on Woodley Island.
In a nutshell, it's a good news/bad news scenario. We have had a better than normal amount of rainfall for the month of February: That's good. However, we are still 11 inches below normal for the rain year. That's bad.
Local reservoirs are substantially higher, but we are still in drought conditions. In fact, it looks like we will have sun for at least the next week. According to Bob, we could be setting up for another big ridge of high pressure that will keep the rain away for the forseeable future.
So, in a nutshell: Keep conserving water.
Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, Feb. 10 @ 8:23 a.m. / Weather
This morning I talked with Matthew over at the National Weather Service over on Woodley Island about this past weekend's rain.
When I spoke with the office on Friday, they said we were 18 inches below normal. It rained a lot this weekend. I can tell you anecdotally that rain filled up a wheelbarrow I had out in my back yard to the top. So I was a bit surprised to learn that they recorded just under 2 inches. Normal rainfall for this time of year is about 25 inches; we are at 8.18, according to their data. However, by midweek another wet storm is coming.
Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, Feb. 7 @ 9:30 a.m. / Weather
This latest weather system has already brought about 3/4 of an inch of rain to the North Coast. This weekend's rain is expected to bring another 2 inches! But with us 18 inches behind on our totals, it's still not enough to change the drought situation. However there could be more rain on the way according to the models. I talked with Ryan from the National Weather Service office on Woodly Island this morning. Click the link to here what he had to say.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Jan. 9 @ 8:47 a.m. / Weather
Cliff talks with Doug, a forecaster at the National Weather Service office on Woodly Island about this weekend's expected heavy rain. Although this new system is expected to bring significant rain, it is a "drop in the bucket" compared to where we are with our rain totals for the season. Models show the high pressure ridge that is holding off our rain is expected to return after this weekend. More details in the interview.