California was finally getting some more much-needed rainfall this week. A pair of Pacific storm systems were to bring much needed rain and snow to the region over the course of 4 days or so. But along with it, flooding/mudslides was a concern, despite our area in severe drought and desperately need a good soaking.
In this video, it shows our area in San Jose, CA experience heavy rain and wind as thunderstorms drift on thru during the early evening hours of Wednesday, February 26, 2014, and during the busy evening commute! These t-storms had occurred during this first storm system's cold frontal passage. Some lightning, heavy rain and gusty southerly winds were experienced as this 1st system's main cold front moved onshore, coming in from the Pacific. A couple lightning flashes was seen but unfortunately didn't get a chance to film them. Though the rain was beneficial, it wasn't enough to reverse the persistent drought that has been plaguing the state.
**After weeks of dry and mild weather, rainy & stormy weather was finally in the forecast for California. A pair of storms was forecasted to bring several inches of rain to the parched state this week, a welcome news to a state that had just endured its driest year in recorded history. The first system had moved through California Wednesday with the second to follow for Friday. Periods of moderate to heavy rain was expected with this storm, especially late Wednesday into Wednesday night. In addition, gusty winds would blow from the south at times during this storm. The 2nd was stronger and wetter of the two systems, bringing a much-needed soaking to many communities by Friday even as far south as SoCal. This storm was capable of triggering severe t-storms. Even a tornado warning was issued around the Sacramento region! This 2nd was a more potent system indeed.
Our area got a total of roughly 2.83 inches of rainfall this month, nearing its average of around 3.22 inches. Even after a reasonably wet February, the Bay Area would still need to see five to 10 more significant storms by the end of April for rain totals to hit their seasonal averages... Even though this stormy period was a welcome sight, it wasn't enough to completely reverse the persistent drought that has been plaguing much of the state...**