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With a return of long-term drought concerns for California, periods of wet, stormy weather into next week will be welcome by many.
A recent bout of heavy rain brought as much as one-third to 100 percent of the month’s normal precipitation to several cities, including Santa Barbara, San Diego and Los Angeles.
However, it will take many rounds of similarly heavy rainfall to bring the water supply back to necessary levels.
Residents may, therefore, be glad to know that a damp weather pattern is poised to settle over the western United States. Multiple storms are forecast to swirl in from the Pacific Ocean into the end of next week.
“The series of storms expected to impact California will not erase the precipitation deficit, but will at least help to add water to the reservoirs and snowpack to the mountains,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.
"The pattern may bring significant help to drought-stricken areas but may also cause incidents of flash flooding and mudslides in recent burn scar locations," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark.
Since the storms will tend to focus on the northern half of the state, “central and Northern California will benefit more from the stormy pattern than Southern California,” Doll said.
While the heaviest precipitation will mainly occur north of the Los Angeles Basin, “communities such as Montecito, California, should still be prepared for the risk of debris flows,” warned AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for areas in Santa Barbara County near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn scars ahead of the rain's arrival, according to ABC7.
Slick roads and limited visibility in periods of rain will contribute to slowed commutes as well as airline delays.
Heavy precipitation is expected to be limited to high-elevation snowfall into Friday, adding feet of snowpack to parts of the Sierra Nevada.
"Snow levels will lower, but will probably hover below Donner Pass, California, much of the time," Clark said.
"There is the potential for snow levels to dip so much that snow may fall on the passes in Southern California late this week as well,” he said.
The series of storms is likely to drop 5 to 8 feet of snow on the high country in the Sierra Nevada. It is possible that Donner Pass may close from time to time to allow crews to clear the snow over the summit.
"Next week, it is possible the storm or storms may bring more substantial rainfall and mountain snow to Southern California," Sosnowski said.
Additional storms are likely to affect the Pacific coast and at least Northern California through the end of March.
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Conference play is well underway and several matchups will take place amid less than ideal weather conditions.
Tropical moisture will converge over the southern Plains and open the atmospheric faucet to the point of drought relief and flood potential into this weekend.
La forma en que FEMA evalúa tradicionalmente los casos de pérdidas por desastres en los Estados Unidos continentales y la realidad económica que impera en el territorio de Puerto Rico, ha provocado que miles de puertorriqueños continúen sin un techo seguro.
The administrative disparity between the way in which FEMA traditionally assesses cases in the United States and the economic and legal reality under which the territory of Puerto Rico operates, has left thousands of American citizens in the island sin techo (without a roof).
After Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico last year, the neonatal intensive care unit of the the Dr. Antonio Ortiz University Pediatric Hospital suffered significant damage: a window was torn off by the forces of the cyclone, letting water and winds rage inside the room.
Even though the tropical Atlantic is void of organized storms at this time, conditions may again get busy over the next couple of weeks with a few areas of potential development.
Posterior a la emergencia, el centro de salud ha logrado seguir operando, en gran parte, gracias a la Fundación Hospital Pediátrico.
Following Ali and Bronagh, the United Kingdom braces for yet another possible windstorm that could plow through this weekend.