Storm System on its Way …

Okay, boys and girls, batten it down. Here is the NOAA forecast discussion – and look at those predicted totals for the Santa Lucias – 2 to 5 inches!!! – that’s us! That’s bound to wreck havoc with the schedule for opening the slide at Alder Creek. Being set back a couple of weeks is not out of the question. Workers being offered double time to work the slide in this rain are turning it down, and frankly, I don’t blame them! Everyone is tired and it would be so dangerous to work in what will be a record-breaking event!

“THIS LOOKS LIKE A POTENTIALLY RECORD-BREAKING EVENT FOR OUR AREA FOR EARLY JUNE.
…THEN REACHING THE MONTEREY BAY AREA BEFORE MIDNIGHT. HEAVIEST RAIN IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. BUT AS THE UPPER LOW IS FORECAST TO REMAIN WOBBLING OFF THE COAST THROUGH SUNDAY…SHOWER CHANCES WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE WEEKEND. MODELS INDICATE A BREAK IN THE RAINFALL AFTER NOON TOMORROW…WITH RENEWED SHOWER CHANCES OVERNIGHT INTO SUNDAY.

STORM TOTAL QPF EXPECTED WITH THIS SYSTEM GIVES 2-5 INCHES ACROSS THE WETTEST AREAS INCLUDING NORTH BAY HILLS…SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS…AND THE SANTA LUCIAS. INLAND LOWER AREAS COULD GET UPWARDS OF 1-2 INCHES TOTAL. ALTHOUGH THE BASINS CAN HANDLE THIS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL SPREAD OUT OVER TWO DAYS…THESE ARE STILL BIG NUMBERS GIVEN WHERE WE ARE IN THE CALENDAR. THUS…SOME RECORD RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED FOR THE MONTH.

GIVEN THE PROXIMITY OF THE COLD UPPER LOW…THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO A POSSIBILITY…AND HAVE ADDED A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.”

I am beginning to think not only has spring been canceled, but summer has been significantly delayed. So, while the storm is raging outside, I will, hopefully, have time to upload the photos for the header contest, but that will be dependent on road and weather conditions. Bear with us on this one.