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Rain Story 3: We're Getting More Showers This Week
Don't put your umbrellas away just yet. SoCal is getting another burst of rain (from the rainpocalypse, rainageddon, or whatever dramatic "the world is ending" type of name Angelenos like to call it) this week.
This is the third rainstorm SoCal has experienced in the last two weeks. It's not going to be as bad as last week's gnarly Pineapple Express rainstorm, which ended up with some serious mudslides, damages to homes, L.A. River rescues and even a small tornado in South L.A. A light rain (sans the high winds) will move from the Gulf of Alaska into SoCal Monday evening and stick around until at least Thursday, KPCC reports.
"Tuesday night and Wednesday another shot of rain will move into the area," said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard. "There's also going to be a slight chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday."
We're looking at about one to two inches of rain by Wednesday evening. Residents in areas that experienced recent fires (like Glendora and Camarillo Springs) had to evacuate their homes last week in case of major mudslides, but Sirard says they don't expects problems in these burn areas this time around. That is, unless there's an intense storm that just so happens to rain over these areas specifically.
You might want to bundle up though as it's going to get chillier (for L.A. standards) by midweek, with temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s˚F on the coast and in the valleys.
December rain has accounted for almost all of the 3.91 inches that has fallen since July, said William Patzert, climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The storms have put the region 45% ahead of normal rainfall for this time of year.
Even though we're getting a lot of December rainfall, it looks like we have a long way to go in California to reach the end of our drought problems.