Finally, rain due after dry month

Written by Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate February 06, 2014 06:54 pm

In Crescent City, January was driest in recorded history

January in Crescent City was the driest in recorded history, but February is about to get wet.

Last month’s total rainfall of 2.5 inches broke the record, set in 1977, of 3.03 inches.

But this weekend up to 4 inches of rain are expected in the Smith River basin and 2 inches in Crescent City.

A light rain is anticipated today, but Friday should bring much more, said Brian Caffrey, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Eureka.

“The big system is taking aim Friday,” said Caffrey. “This is our first good shot of rain in several  months.”

It’ll be the first real soaking of the winter, Caffrey said.

“It’s been an abnormally dry year as you can tell,” said Caffrey.

So far, Crescent City’s “water year,” which runs from July 1 to June 30, is also shaping up to be the driest in recorded history.

So far this “water year,” Crescent City has recorded 11.14 inches of rain — the normal amount for this point is 39.2 inches, Caffrey said.

The driest water year was in 1923–24 season, with 35 inches, Caffrey said.

“This has been one of the driest years on record and luckily now we’re getting some precipitation our way,” said Caffrey. “Hopefully before summer gets here we can fill up some of these reservoirs.”

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