From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog:
“October in California is unlike autumn virtually anywhere else in North America. It’s a calendar month during which searing heat and extremely dry Santa Ana winds can occur just as easily as powerful windstorms and driving rains. Indeed, we’ve already seen both record heat and record rainfall in October 2016! Already this month, we’ve witnessed a prolonged heatwave in Southern California give way to strong winter-like storms in Northern California–fueled in part by the extratropical remnants of a former West Pacific typhoon.
More recently, over the past weekend, atmospheric moisture and instability swept up ahead of an incoming Pacific trough produced a prolific and remarkably prolonged (not to mention largely unexpected) thunderstorm outbreak across much of Southern California. To date, precipitation across NorCal is generally well above average, but well below average in the south–perpetuating the north-south divide that has persisted over the past 12 months. … ”
Continue reading at the California Weather Blog here: Unusually active October continues across California, but winter doesn’t look so promising
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