Here Comes More Rain - NBC Bay Area

Here Comes More Rain

We knew it was going to be a wet end to the year, but this is wild.



    Jeff's Forecast: Fog To Drop Temps
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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Women walk with umbrellas admidst heavy winds and rain December 1, 2010 in the downtown section of Brooklyn borough of New York City. Winds lashed the East Coast December 1, with heavy rain and severe weather that knocked out power and caused some damage. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    There has been so much rain in the past week its hard to keep track of exactly how many storms we've been through and how many are still ahead in the forecast.  But whatever the number, the Bay Area is in for another wallop of rain Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

    The latest storm is on the wild side and is supposed to take direct aim at the North Bay. The system is very unsettled, so there is a chance of a downpour across the entire region and we could also see thunder and lightning.  If anyone has been sparred from the rainy week, it might be the South Bay, but that does not include the Santa Cruz mountains. Ben Lomond's rain gauge is at ten inches and climbing.

    Thursday and Friday is supposed to be somewhat dry with yet another weather system bearing down on the Bay Area on Christmas Day.

    It's bad here, but the weather is much worse in Southern California. Meteorologists are blaming something they call an "atmospheric river" for an extremely wet and wild weather pattern down there.

    Stormy Soon

    [BAY] Stormy Soon
    A fairly strong cold front offshore has pulled in some pretty juicy subtropical moisture - this should become an active mix of isolated thunder and briefly heavy rain as this system moves ashore late in the day. Expect a brief burst of heavy rain as the front plows through with embedded thunderstorms packing some hail and gusty winds as well. We should see things change from rain over to scattered showers during Wednesday afternoon with an ongoing risk for isolated thunder. Things should calm down for Thursday before some rain approaches the North Bay by late Christmas Eve. Rain and wind will increase again during the day Saturday - Christmas Day and transition back into showers for the end of the weekend. Most of the long range weather models continue to keep the jet stream anchored more or less over Northern California into early January which means off/on chances for rain will continue into the New Year. - Rob Mayeda
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010)

     The southland has seen six straight days of heavy rain with another big day of rain in Wednesday's forecast. Rivers are holding, but just barely. 

    The bad weather is hitting several parts of the country and making for huge flight delays pretty much everywhere.

    San Francisco International Airport has had a ground delay program in effect for arriving flights for the past several days. Lots of arrivals have also been delayed by hours in some cases.

    San Jose and Oakland have also seen delays, but not nearly as bad and most if not all of them are because of bad weather in other cities and not in San Jose or Oakland.