Our First Significant Rainfall This Winter 2011-2012 Season! (January 20, 2012)





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Published on Jan 21, 2012

Watch in high quality (480p). Winter this season has been extremely dry so far. The last measurable rainfall that fell was just last November of 2011, before Thanksgiving. Almost half of California was and is already just under a drought. This also began to concern farmers and agricultural needs since the soil all over California is parched dry. However, this dry spell ended starting January 19, 2012. The jet stream finally dipped southward, aiming the storm track directly towards California! So our first storm of the season brought light showers to our area on January 19, 2012. (storm not shown in video). However, the 2nd, storm system was the real rain maker. It was the same storm system that brought record snowfall to the Northwest, especially in Seattle, Washington!

So in this video, it shows us experience this 2nd, very wet storm impact us, particularly here in San Jose, CA. This was our 1st significant rainfall since last November 2011 and we were thrilled to see good amounts of rain at last, enough to put a dent on the drought. Then coming near 4 p.m., it shows the incoming heavy rain bands from this storm viewed up from The Point Church in San Jose, CA. You can see a good view of Silicon Valley. Breezy, southerly winds increased as well as the frontal passage neared. By around 5 p.m., skies quickly began to look even angrier. Our area was forecast to have heavy rain and even the possibility of thunderstorms especially from the hours of 8 p.m. to midnight.

Finally, the heavy rains arrived just after 9:30 p.m. Windswept heavy rain and rainfall amounts up to half of an inch per hour were imminent pretty much the whole San Francisco Bay Area around this period. Water was ponding on roadways and roads were still slick from the oils accumulated during the prolonged dry period making driving hazardous. The video continues to show the rains falling pretty good pretty much everywhere from 10ish p.m. all the way up to midnight. Parking lots were filling up with water, occasionally experiencing a few seconds of windswept heavy rain and big rain drops that almost looked/sounded like hail falling!

Another storm packing more rain and snow to much of the Northwest and Northern California would arrive a couple days later, by Sunday evening and into Monday (Jan. 22-23, 2012). Looks like the rainy season, let alone winter, has finally arrived to California! However, despite all the sudden rains, we were still below our average rainfall by this time of year, about 1/3 of average.

However, this was a real blessing for our state since we desperately needed any rain amounts. Approximately 0.94 inches of rain fell from this single, evening storm alone!

(Filmed around San Jose, CA on the day/evening hours of Friday, January 20, 2012)


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