This video shows Winter Storm Nika bring much needed rainfall to drought-strickened California. Much of the system's moisture and rainfall fell during the morning hours this day of Sunday, February 2, 2014. The satellite imagery was courtesy of NASA, as well as radar images from The Weather Channel.
We were treated with a sunrise prior to the system's cold front passage. As the front moved thru, southerly to southeasterly winds began to blow. Coming late morning, the rains had lit up but the winds were gusting anywhere from 20-30 mph, especially around the foothills of Mt. Hamilton.
Coming afternoon, some atmospheric instability from Nika had increased chances of thunderstorm development. There was a few storm cells that grew around our region. It's been a while since we've seen a full grown cumulonimbus so this was a welcome sight...let alone rain! It was Super Bowl Sunday as well this day so me and some of us went to my cousin's place in Sunnyvale to watch the game. Gloomy, stormy skies persisted as Nika slowly drifts southwestward, finally leaving our area by early evening or so.
Winter Storm Nika had given us a little but much-needed beneficial rainfall this day in California. Some afternoon instability had led to possible t-storm development. Afternoon high temps this day reached into the mid to upper 50's. Despite Nika's moisture, the drought in California was still a big growing concern. Wells are starting to run dry and reservoir levels at record lows as the state faces the worst drought in almost a century. The number of vulnerable communities is expected to increase. State officials have said that 17 communities will be out of water within the next two to four months or so...
Rainfall summary, though just a drop in the bucket:
Total accumulated inches of rain that fell from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for our area in San Jose, CA this day alone: 0.08 inches.