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Series Of Storms Headed Our Way

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 15, 2010
The storm system is brewing in the central Pacific Ocean. And forecaster Tom Dang with the National Weather Service in Sacramento says it’s powered by a fast-moving jet stream.

“This is generally kind of a signature of an El Nino-type pattern where a stronger than normal jet forms in the central Pacific.”

And that means a lot of rain starting Sunday.

“Indeed. We’re looking at three or four individual storm systems. We could be talking about up to six-inches of rain in the valley.”

Dang says there’s the potential for localized street and small stream flooding next week. And the Sierra Nevada could get several feet of snow. Dang says snow levels will drop to around 5,500 feet.

Sacramento rainfall totals are right around normal for the season. Will this storm be a drought-buster? Dang says – not quite.

“To kick us out of this drought, we’re really going to need more than normal numbers to fill those reservoirs up.”
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