Record-Breaking Rains Sooth Drought Conditions Only Temporarily for Dry Emerald Triangle
Areas to the northwest like Eureka and Crescent City broke record rainfall numbers for this date. According to a tweet by the National Weather Service in Eureka, “Yesterday’s rainfall in Eureka of 0.73 inches breaks the previous June 13th record of 0.62 inches that was set in 1992!”
But areas further north saw even greater amounts of precipitation. “Yesterday’s rainfall in Crescent City of 1.94 inches shatters the previous June 13th record of 0.63 inches that was set in 1907,” the Weather Service tweeted.
Jeff Tonkin Forecaster for the US National Weather Service in Eureka told us that basically the further east and south you were, the less rain you saw. “There was basically a line from Arcata up to Grants Pass,” he explained. “We didn’t get a lot precipitation from Arcata southward.”
But the rainfall was heavier than expected in some areas. “We got quite a bit more rain northward,” he told us. “It was a really moist wet storm…More rain than the forecast models had predicted.”
Unfortunately, he explained, “One little rain event isn’t going to stop drought conditions…It really didn’t help our situation much….The grass will stay green for awhile, but we have a heat wave coming up…By the time we get to Thursday or Friday with the high heats [predicted], those fuels will dry up rapidly. It’s not just going to make that much difference.”
The Weather Service tweeted, “Temperatures will be on the increase across the interior later this week as high pressure builds over the state. Hottest days are expected to be Thursday and Friday.”