Rain and the snowy weather have really made it difficult for many to travel after the Christmas holiday. This is especially true after a Winter storm. It was in the literal path of thousands that were trying to head home up North in a West Coast state. In fact, as of Monday morning, the upper Northern region Snow Lab was operating by a regional college. It did report the all-time snowiest December. In fact, the snow from Sunday to Monday pushed snow totals for the month of December to 193.7′. It did beat out the old record of 179” set in 1970.
As of Tuesday, December 28th, there was an additional 8.4 inches of snow which pushed the total to 202.1″. Thus it makes the local mountainous area the third snowiest month. It was, in fact, ever recorded in the local regional area.
Also, there is the additional moisture in the form of atmospheric rivers which lent themselves to be pulling into low-pressure systems. What that accomplished was historic precipitation from the upper local regions. As a cold front has, in fact, tapped into more moisture, the circulation of the low air was able to continue spreading it across Northern California. Occasionally, the front would, in fact, stalling out over an area, and then heavy rain was recording.
Also in this instance, it did happen on December 13th when the records were, in fact, had broken across Sacramento and other Northern cities. The daily rainfall record at Sacramento Executive Airport was 2.51”, that beat out the prior record by more than double. That record was 1.19” set in 2002.
Rain and Snow: Recording Water Amounts Each Year
Beginning on October 1st, each water year is being recorded. This is actually a way meteorologists and climatologists can therefore easily record water amounts monthly as opposed to doing it by season. Also, Sacramento has now received 13.78 inches of rain this water year. It has greatly surpassed its normal accumulation from October-December of 5.60 inches.