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Southern California will get gray clouds while Arizona and Baja get beneficial downpour

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By Chris Haire

An unpredictable storm will flit past Southern California this week – bathing the region in dreary gray, but not much else.

Late last week meteorologists cautiously predicted rain would hit the Southland, possibly invigorating a lackluster winter. But unlike most storms the region gets, which march through the west-east jet stream, this one came freewheeling from the north, said Brett Albright, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The storm, rather than marching, danced through the sky. As forecasters tried to get a handle on it, the storm pirouetted east and south: Mexico’s Baja California and parts of Arizona will get one to three inches of rain while parched Southern California will get virtually nothing.

“We’re not expecting much more than sprinkles,” Albright said. “It won’t have much impact on fire season.”

And so, for much of the week, the Southland can expect temperatures reaching the low 60s, ashen sky cover and a drizzle.

“We’re not doing very well with rain,” Albright said. “We’re 33 percent of normal, and most of that came from one storm in January. It was a good storm, but it can’t do it all by itself.”

The precipitation outlook is uncharacteristically uniform across Southern California.

The Inland Empire could get anywhere from trace amounts of rain to one-tenth of an inch. Los Angeles could get a couple hundredths of an inch, and maybe a tenth in the wettest spots. Orange County could also get a tenth of an inch.

“Big deal,” Albright said sarcastically.

What does a tenth-inch of rain look like?

A heavy mist.

Rather than giving motorists a free car wash, it would likely just make vehicles dirtier. And while floods and mudslides probably won’t happen this week, sprinkles could loosen up oil on the roadways – making them slick and dangerous.

On Thursday, Albright said, the sun will begin breaking through the clouds and temperatures will […]    

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