How long has it been since Sonoma County had measurable rainfall?  If you count the lightning storms of the past summer, you would only get about eight-tenths of an inch.  The last big walloping was December 23, 2012, when 2.3 inches tipped the bucket. That’s just about the time the big water spigot in the sky was superglued closed.  Point now to this week, as in Tuesday and Wednesday.  It seems we may get about an inch in the mountains with an advancing weather front, and a bout 1/2 inch in the valley.  It’s a start, but we will need pretty good soakers in the next few months to replenish reservoirs and farm ponds.  After this disturbance moves out, the storm track will scoot back up to the Pacific Northwest and leave us with a possible offshore flow.

At the Laguna de Santa Rosa Monday evening, stars mixed with incoming high clouds of low pressure system.

Low clouds reflect automobile lights on Occidental Road as a storm system pushes ashore over Sonoma County and the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Monday Nov. 18, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Low clouds reflect automobile lights as a storm system pushes a shore over Sonoma County and the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Monday Nov. 18, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Stars over the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Monday Nov. 18, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

An early evening walk at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Monday Nov. 18, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

-Kent Porter