After a parched start to the water year, rain will likely fall on Del Norte County just in time for Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service.
The first round of precipitation will occur Tuesday night into Wednesday with most areas likely experiencing about an inch of moisture, said NWS meteorologist Jonathan Garner on Monday. The second round will pass through on Thursday and Friday, he said, bringing an average of 1-2 inches of rain with some locations receiving in excess of 3 inches.
According to Garner, west-facing mountains and ridges along the coast will receive the most precipitation.
“We’ve been under a very dry area of high pressure for most of October and the first part of November,” Garner said. “Now we’re going into the pattern (with) the passage of upper-level disturbances. This is more typical of late fall into winter-type weather.”
The first round of moisture expected to reach the area Tuesday and Wednesday comes from a disturbance that is emanating out of the Gulf of Alaska, Garner said. This disturbance could produce a few thunderstorms with lightning and small hail, he said. It could also bring wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, Garner said.
A wetter, more subtropical system will pass through the area Thursday and Friday, he said.
The King Range in Humboldt County, including the mountains to the north and south of Shelter Cove, will receive the greatest moisture content and the strongest westerly winds, Garner said. “Good rainfall totals” are also expected for the mountains of Northern Humboldt into Del Norte County, he said. Trinity County and Southern Mendocino County will be drier, he said.
Last week, meteorologist Alex Dodds told the Triplicate that Crescent City has had 1.58 inches of rain since the 2018-19 water year, as of Nov. 12. A typical water year would have brought about 8 inches of rain to the area since the water year began Oct. 1, 2018, Dodds told the Triplicate.
For more information about the upcoming rain events, visit www.weather.gov/eka.