The storm over the weekend brought some of the best snow and rain amounts of the entire winter from central to Southern California to Arizona. Sunday brought a snow blitz to Arizona. Here are a few of the amazing totals.
Arizona Snowbowl-53 inches
North Flagstaff-29 inches
Kachina Village-21 inches
The weekend storm also left a good amount of snow behind in the Sierra which improved the numbers for available water in the snowpack. In the middle of last week the average in the Sierra was 34 percent, today it stood at 45 percent. Still well below normal but better.
What is in store for the rest of the week. In central and Southern California and Arizona, sunshine and a warming trend will be featured over the next few days that will likely last through the end of the week in the deserts of Southern California and all of Arizona. In the Northwest, a new storm will move ashore in British Columbia tonight, bringing rain and snow across the Northwest and even northern most California tonight and tomorrow. Snow levels will be on the rise since a milder southwest flow is established. The unsettled pattern stalls for a good 24 to 48 hours into Thursday with additional rain and snow likely.
After that, a closed low will drop south from the Gulf of Alaska to the eastern Pacific. This looks like it will eventually bring more rain and snow to California. But there are major differences in the timing. The GFS brings rain into central California Saturday. However, the European waits 24 to 36 hours longer than that with rain not arriving until late Sunday/Sunday night, not reaching Southern California until Sunday night or Monday. The European has been doing a far superior job than the GFS and I am going to ride that horse until I get bucked off.
Within the three-state area of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, there are 21 large fire incidents ongoing.
The water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.
It has been pretty hot of late in the interior Northwest but even hotter weather looks likely by Sunday and Monday.
It does not usually rain this time of year; when it does, this is usually how it happens.
This is the beginnings of the summer monsoon pattern that typically starts around the first week in July.
This third straight below normal rainfall season just put the final defining stamp on what has become a nearly statewide exceptional drought.