This is what the radar shows right now for where I am. I’ve selected the SFO radar site.
This first graph is the “total precipitation”. Very light blue is a Trace. Orange is 2.5 inches. Red is 3 inches. The light green is 0.7 inches. Realize that in some years our TOTAL rainfall can be 7 inches… Also remember that the radar can get absorbed in a close batch of rain, giving a “trace” at the edge as the radar simply didn’t image it well. That is part of why you get a band of yellow / orange with lighter blues behind it. (Another is topography. There is a mountain range along the coast, so it gets heavier rain from “ridge lift”… then in the “rain shadow” you can see the Salinas Valley as a blue band of lower rainfall headed to the lower right.)
This is a great example of a WINTER storm. Trouble is, it’s not winter.
Here is the “total reflectivity” view:
Clouds, solid deck, as far as the eye can see.
This is what it looks like when California has a “year without a summer”. Expect USA Fruits and vegetables to cost more. California grows a high percentage of the nations fresh fruits and vegetables, so it’s likely to cost a lot for that fresh salad. (Mexico is an alternate provider, especially during winter, so one “hope” would be that Mexico gets some “summer rains” too and the local farmers can capitalize on them with unexpected plantings “off season”. We’ll see. But… “Hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”…)
This view is of the rain arriving at Vandenberg AFB. I chose the Santa Maria site.
This, BTW, answers one of the “small mysteries” about GHCN. I’d wondered “Why is Santa Maria, a sleepy little town, selected as one of the 4 temperature sites for California?” Because it isn’t a small town, it’s a Very Large Military Air Force and Missle Base with acres and acres of pavement….
In this image, the dark green is 2 inches of precipitation.
So looks like my “Gardening Weekend” will be spent wearing a Slicker and galoshes…
I’m feeling so English ;-)