Now, two weeks later, here is more evidence that the short period of rain and mountain snow had little impact.
Weather parameters are coming together for a period of strong Santa Ana winds
In fact, if our models are right Southern California will not have any chance of rain before sometime during the week of March 17.
It is unrealistic to think one series of storms is going to have a huge impact on the long-term drought.
The second of two storms has been rapidly intensifying west of California Thursday.
It is because of these dynamics and available moisture that I think some of the south-facing slopes of the foothills and mountains could see higher rainfall than what even I had yesterday.
The first big statewide storm(s) of the entire season will strike California bringing much-needed rain and snow.
It is bad now and it is going to get worse.
After a break today, a couple of pretty good storms will move through the Northwest Friday through Sunday.
Below are maps showing the percent of normal water in the snow pack in the Sierra. The first map is from February 5, the second from February 10.