Light storms moved into the Mountain Area Thursday as a positive start to what the National Weather Service calls its “water year,” which begins Oct. 1.
By 1:30 p.m., storms that began around noon had dropped the most rain on Coarsegold at 0.23 inches, meteorologist William Peterson said, with a hundredth-of-an-inch t the sheriff’s substation in Oakhurst, 0.11 inches in Friant, and 002 inches at the Bass Lake Marina.
Showers were expected to continue about another two hours, Peterson said, bringing expected totals up to around 0.02 inches in Oakhurst, 0.4 in Coarsegold, 0.2 in Friant, and 0.04 at Bass Lake Marina.
Temperatures in Oakhurst were predicted at a high of 73 degrees Thursday, 78 on Friday, and 81 on Saturday, followed by a significant cooling off period with a high of 68 degrees on Sunday and 71 on Monday, Peterson said.
Peterson said though the rainfall was minor for the Mountain Area, another storm system was on its way south from Canada and expected to start rainfall either Sunday or Monday.
“We’re still working on the exact time and amounts,” Peterson said. “We’ll have more solid prediction numbers in the next day or two.”
The chance of a strong El Niño winter affecting the Mountain Area remains high, meteorologist Jim Dudley said, though more accurate reports are expected later into the water year.