STORM SLICKS THE STREETS
North Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains soaked; most cities received just a few hundredths of an inch of rain
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.