North Bay, Santa Cruz Moun­tains soaked; most cities re­ceived just a few hun­dredths of an inch of rain

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - ByMarkGomez and Ja­son Green Staff writ­ers BAY AREAWEATHER

A storm sys­tem that moved across the Bay Area on Thurs­day de­liv­ered more than an inch of rain to sev­eral lo­ca­tions north of the Golden Gate, as well as the Santa Cruz Moun­tains, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Mon­terey. How­ever, most Bay Area cities were sub­ject to the “rain shadow ef­fect,” a con­di­tion in which a moun­tain range or other to­po­graphic bar­rier causes pre­vail­ing winds to lose their mois­ture on the wind­ward side, and re­ceived just a few hun­dredths of an inch.

As of 4:30 p.m., San Jose had recorded seven-hun­dredths of an inch over the past 24 hours, said Anna Sch­nei­der, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the weather ser­vice. Mean­while, rain­fall gauges in the Santa Cruz Moun­tains tal­lied up to 2.4 inches of rain dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Down­townSan Fran­cisco recorded .2 inches, Oakland .08 inches, and Con­cord .28 inches. The wettest lo­ca­tion in the Bay Area was Ve­nado in Sonoma County, which tal­lied 2.92 inches of rain.

“The big­ger win­ners were the coastal ranges and Sonoma County, for the most part,” said Roger Gass, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the weather ser­vice.

Gass said the re­gion should start to dry out Fri­day and re­main rain-free through the week­end. But there is an­other chance of pre­cip­i­ta­tion Sun­day night into Mon­day morn­ing.


A cy­clist crosses North Mar­ket Street on West Saint John Street in the rain on Thurs­day in San Jose.


Jeanie Alma crosses West Saint John Street at North Mar­ket Street in the rain as she heads to work at Su­pe­rior Court on Thurs­day in San Jose.

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