The soothsayers have split open the sacred organic, non-GMO tofu cow-substitute and read its vegan-friendly entrails. Verily, the sky shall split asunder and water shall pour forth. Confess your sins! A flood of judgment is at hand.
Well, actually its just more like a tenth of an inch of rain in low-lying areas on Wednesday night through Thursday morning. But hey—if the storm arrives on schedule, it will be our first of the season, and an early one too. It could be as much as a quarter inch in higher elevations in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz counties. That's good—if small—news for a drought-stricken state.
You would think that the cold and the wet conditions would also be helpful in fighting the King fire that continues to burn near Lake Tahoe, but unfortunately, that's not the case. According to Weather West, the rain is not expected to reach as far as the fire, and "strong winds in advance of the cold front" will lead to more dangerous conditions today and tomorrow.
Looking further out, despite the patch of rain, the fall is currently expected to be on the drier side, with lower than normal levels of precipitation and a likely weak El Niño developing in the winter.