In Southern California in August, even the rain is dry.
A uncommon spat of drizzly climate hit areas of Southern California on Wednesday and will final into Thursday, forward of one other warmth wave that’s forecast for subsequent week, the National Weather Service stated. But a lot of the precipitation didn’t survive the heat air to make it to the ground, an Oxnard-based meteorologist stated.
As of Wednesday afternoon, just a few climate stations in Ventura County, the Los Angeles County mountains and the excessive desert obtained a “couple hundredths of an inch,” stated climate service meteorologist Kristan Lund.
“A lot of it that’s falling is what we call virga,” Lund stated. “That means it’s really dry … so it doesn’t reach the ground. It rains from the clouds, and that’s kind of creating a wispy look.”
Rain of any quantity, nevertheless, is unusual in August in Southern California.
The “rainfall” comes from the remnants of now-dissipated Tropical Storm Eugene, which shaped off Baja California earlier this week.
“We get remnants from time to time,” Lund stated, noting that final August, Hurricane Kay fostered comparable circumstances.
Thunderstorms additionally popped up off the coast and in the mountains on Wednesday, Lund stated, and the climate service stated there was a 20% to 30% probability of the grey circumstances lasting into Thursday.
The thunderstorms convey with them the threat of wildfire due to lightning strikes in sun-parched vegetation.
“We ask people to be very careful and to stay indoors if they hear any thunder,” Lund stated. “Be careful and be aware of your surroundings.”
After the tropical storm remnants go, this weekend will convey one other warming pattern, with temperatures anticipated to peak early subsequent week.
“This weekend, we’re going to see Woodland Hills in the high 80s [and] low 90s,” Lund stated, “and see some 80s in [places] like downtown L.A.”
By early subsequent week, temperatures in areas together with Woodland Hills and Santa Clarita might attain the lots of and 90s, respectively, with the coasts remaining cool in the 70s.