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Moisture From Linda to Bring Rain to Southern California Early This Week

By By Brett Rathbun, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
September 14, 2015, 9:59:57 PM EDT

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A plume of moisture from once-Hurricane Linda will push inland across Southern California early this week, resulting in a period of rain for the region.

"There is still a remnant swirl of low clouds associated with former Hurricane Linda off of the California coast," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.

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Linda formed as a tropical storm on Sept. 6 southwest of Baja California and eventually became a Category 3 hurricane before rapidly weakening towards the end of this past week.

Despite weakening to an extra-tropical feature, Linda's moisture continued to creep northward through the weekend and will now combine with a dip in the jet stream early this week to bring rain to parts of California.

"The jet stream will intensify over southern California through Tuesday and will help squeeze out some of the moisture as rain," Samuhel said.

There is the potential for a soaking rain to fall across portions of Southern California with rainfall totals nearing 1 inch. Even with this amount of rain, the extreme drought will continue.


This moisture from Linda will only impact a small portion of the state. Much of central and northern California will miss out on any chance for a soaking rainfall.

"There will be localized downpours from Santa Barbara to San Diego," Samuhel said.

Any downpour could result in flash flooding. Motorists will want to be aware of flooded and slick roadways in their travels.

Light rain will move in Monday and will become heavier overnight into Tuesday for Los Angeles and San Diego. Showers will continue into Tuesday night across most of the region.

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This rain could lead to game delays or postponements at Dodger Stadium on Monday night as the Dodgers battle with the Colorado Rockies.

"It is unusual for this time of the year, especially in Southern California, for a storm system to track into Southern California from the Pacific," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Western U.S. Expert Ken Clark said.

The rain will follow a stretch of excessive heat, that is partly responsible for the development of wildfires this past week and weekend in California, including the rapidly expanding Butte and Valley Fires in central California.


The addition of moisture into the region will help fuel thunderstorms in the mountains. Lightning from those thunderstorms can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit which can easily set any dry vegetation on fire.

Temperatures into this week will be more seasonable for the middle of September. Temperatures will range from the 80s F in the Central Valley to the upper 70s F along the Coastal Ranges.

While rain will fall across parts of California early this week, it will do little to the extreme drought going on across the state.


AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root also contributed to this story.

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