The atmospheric river (Pineapple Express) that was aimed at the Northstate giving us widespread rain throughout the day on Monday has been cut off with drier weather as a result.
The next storm is scheduled to arrive Wednesday evening into Thursday morning giving us another round of moderate to heavy rain. High pressure will return on Friday and Saturday with highs in the 70s under partly cloudy skies.
The long range forecast models are hinting at more rain by Sunday and Monday but at this point doesn’t look all that impressive. Even though we have seen upwards of 6 inches of rain in parts of the valley since last Wednesday we are still far from the end of the drought. Lake Shasta has only risen just over 9 feet since its lowest level in February. Lake Oroville has seen a 20 foot increase since its lowest level in January. That may sound impressive but both lakes are only about 40 percent of full capacity.