Hold onto your hats, Bay Area!

Hang on, locals! One of the biggest storm series to hit the Bay Area is on its way (if you haven’t been watching the weather, this is going to be one hell of a week!) We’ve got back to back storms coming our way – one of my coworkers is a bit of a meteorology enthusiast and pointed me to the NOAA website – kind of funny to hear the geeky weather guys talk about it, but it sure sounds like it’s going to be a doozy! (When a weatherman says “MAKE PREPARATIONS NOW” I think it’s time to take him seriously!)

CLOUDS ARE INCREASING AHEAD OF THE IMPENDING STORM SYSTEM…NOW LOCATED NEAR 37N/136W. THIS STORM IS MOVING AT A PRETTY GOOD CLIP AND IS STILL FORECAST TO ARRIVE ON OUR DOORSTEP BY MIDDAY TOMORROW WITH RAIN BEGINNING IN THE NORTH BAY BY LATE MORNING AND SPREADING SOUTH ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE CWA BY EVENING. 24 HOUR RAINFALL ESTIMATES WITH THIS FIRST STORM GIVE 1-3 INCHES TO THE HILLS AND 1/4 TO 1 INCH IN THE LOW LANDS. SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL RAMP UP WITH THIS STORM BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS THE DISTRICT WITH 25 TO 40 MPH POSSIBLE ALONG WITH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND NEAR THE COAST. THIS WILL ENHANCE OROGRAPHIC RAIN EFFECTS ALONG SOUTH-FACING HILLS.

HOWEVER…A STRONGER STORM IS FORECAST TO AFFECT THE AREA ON FRIDAY. THIS ONE IS FORECAST TO SLAM INTO THE NORTH COAST FRIDAY MORNING AND SPREAD HEAVY RAIN FROM NORTH TO SOUTH DURING THE DAY. SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BLOW STRONG WITH SUSTAINED WINDS 30 TO 45 MPH AND GUSTS TO 60 MPH ACROSS THE DISTRICT. EVEN STRONGER WINDS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HILLS AS A POWERFUL LOW LEVEL JET AIMS AT THE COAST. 24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTALS (ENDING SATURDAY AT 4 AM) FROM THE CNRFC GIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES TO THE VALLEYS AND LOW LANDS OF THE CWA AND 3 TO 5 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN…AND EVEN A BULLSEYE OF OVER 6 INCHES TO THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE SANTA LUCIAS! ADD THESE NUMBERS TO THE PREVIOUS 24-HOUR TOTALS AND YOU GET CLOSE TO 10 INCHES IN THE HIGHEST PEAKS AND A SOPPING MESS DISTRICT WIDE. ADD IN THE STRONG WINDS AND YOU HAVE THE LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS TREES BEING BLOWN DOWN. MAKE PREPARATIONS NOW…THESE STORMS WILL WREAK HAVOC ACROSS THE STATE.

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~ by Nathan on January 2, 2008.

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