Flooding in Guerneville February 28, 2019

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Water, Water Everywhere

February Rainfall Totals Are In

KCBS Radio Morning News
March 01, 2019 - 6:32 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Floodwaters, landslides, and potholes mark the landscape as the Bay Area closes the book on a wetter-than-average February.

Rainfall totals for the month show some locations tallying more than twice the month's normal precipitation.

  • Santa Rosa picked up 16.97 inches of rain (historical average for February is 6.4 inches)
  • San Francisco 7.94 inches (average 4.46 inches)
  • Oakland 6.07 inches (average 3.95 inches)
  • San Jose 5.61 inches (average 3.11 inches)
  • Livermore 6.05 inches (average 3.03 inches)

The February deluge pushed most locations well above average for the "rainfall year", which runs from October 1 to September 30.

  • Santa Rosa 34.73 inches (historical average 27.20 inches)
  • San Francisco 19.02 inches (average 17.80 inches)
  • Oakland 14.87 inches (average 15.25 inches)
  • San Jose 11.98 inches (average 11.27 inches)
  • Livermore 12.19 inches (average 11.62 inches)

The relentless February storms also pushed the Sierra snowpack to impressive levels. The California Department of Water Resources reported the state's snowpack, using an average of dozens of reporting stations, is 53 percent above average for the end of February.

The closely-watched survey at Phillips Station, along US Highway 50 near the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski area, showed 113 inches of snow on the ground. State hydrologists calculated the water content of that snowpack at 43.5 inches. A year ago, the same location showed only the equivalent of 1.5 inches of water.