It rained last night.

A rare summer storm rolled into the Bay Area Wednesday, bringing light, but historic rains...The light showers sent forecasters at the National Weather Service scrambling to the record books.

While rainfall totals were less than an inch, it was the first time in history on July 18 that the Bay Area has had any kind of rain stemming back to when records were first kept in the late 1800s.

In San Francisco more than 0.01 of an inch had fallen and measurable totals were also recorded in Hayward, Oakland and Santa Rosa. The highest total as of 7:30 a.m., was 0.25 of an inch in Guerneville.

"It's not a real gully washer, so to speak, but it is a record," said Dan Gudgel, a National Weather Service forecaster in Monterey.

The source of the showers was a storm front that was generated in the Gulf of Alaska and driven into Northern California by a jet stream pattern that is common in the winter months but rarely seen in the summer..."


Suffice it to say, I was weirded out. When Guy told me last night they had rain in the forecast, I said that's impossible.


Pam/Digging said...

The weather is just plain weird this year. We've had one of (if not THE) coolest and rainiest summers on record. Not that I'm complaining.

lisa said...

My weather is strange, too...way hotter and drier than usual for northern WI, although I did get 2" of rain last night. I've never been so excited over 2"! ;-)