A winter storm system passed through the Mountain Area Monday and Tuesday, dropping more than two inches of rain in places like the Bass Lake Marina as it broke single-day rainfall records in the Valley.
For a 24-hour period from 4:45 a.m. Monday to Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Hanford reported 1.97 inches of rain at the Oakhurst Sheriff’s Station, 2.01 inches in the Oakhurst Miami Highlands, 2.01 inches at the Bass Lake Marina, 1.87 inches along North Fork’s Teaford Saddle Road, 1.86 inches in Yosemite Lakes Park, 2.22 inches in Cedar Valley, and 1.75 inches in North Fork.
The numbers do not include continued rainfall amounts as numbers continue to come in, said William Peterson, a meteorologist at the Hanford station.
Peterson said snowfall reached around 10 to 13 inches at elevations above 9,000 feet, with some reports of nine inches at 7,200 feet on Beasore Road above Bass Lake.
He added reports of flurries around 5,000 feet over Shaver and Huntington lakes, but the snow didn’t accumulate for lasting amounts.
Peterson said the storm would be routine in a normal season, but after four years of continued drought, it was considered significant.
“We haven’t had a storm, or very few, like this in the last several years,” Peterson said. “In that essence, it’s not what would be out of the ordinary, but it’s definitely outside what we’ve become accustomed to in the last several years.”
Peterson said there will be gradual cloud clearing over the next few days as patchy shower activities remain in the Mountain Area. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-60s through the weekend, then fall into the high-50s next week.
In the Valley, single-day records were broken Monday at multiple airports.
Madera Municipal Airport saw 0.84 inches on Monday, breaking the 2008 record of 0.22 inches.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport received 0.85 inches of rain, which shattered a record of 0.28 inches in 1957. Hanford and Merced got 0.36 and 1.04 inches respectively, which broke their much-lower records of 0.01 and 0.12 inches in 2008.