An ‘abnormal,’ monsoon-like weather pattern hits Southern California
A cold front moving up from the north and into Southern California is expected to pass through the region today. (Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office)
When the sun is up, we should be able to see and hear a lot of rain. But when the sun is down, we’re going to find it difficult to see much of anything, especially when it’s dark.
At 2:45 pm on Sunday, a large front is heading through the region from the northern plains to the west. The cold front will move across the area with just a short time of lightening in the sky, but it will then be moving in a path that will take it through Los Angeles and Ventura county.
The front won’t be as strong as the one that caused the recent California wildfires, but it will still add more fuel to the flames. Officials are encouraging people to stay inside during the storm and to watch the skies.
The best way to get an idea of the precipitation that’s on its way is to look out the window. You might have noticed that the cloud cover is going away slowly but surely, leaving the sky a bit lighter.
There’s no telling what kind of precipitation we’ll see over the next 24 hours, but it’s not hard to imagine heavy downpours and even some flooding. The best way to get an idea is to look at the weather radar.
There’s an interesting anomaly in the radar that indicates heavy rain is on its way. (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Here’s the radar and the anomalies that show it’s time to start packing for rain:
The radar is showing that heavy rainfall is on the way. (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
We’re talking at least an inch of rain, possibly more. (Weather Channel)
The clouds in this photo are just beginning to dissipate, but they’re already producing precipitation. (Weather Channel)
The anomalies show very heavy rain is headed our way. (Weather