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Members of the Crystal Middle School marching band load equipment onto a truck amidst pouring rain at the parking lot adjacent to the Old County Courthouse in Fairfield, Saturday morning. February's rainstorms have continued into March. The Crystal Middle School students were preparing to go to Fairfield High School for the Pageantry on Parade drumline and color guard competition. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Heavy rain to let up for few days

By From page A5 | March 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — For at least a little while, locals were able to get out and catch some rays Saturday.

A break in the rain brought some sun and lasted much of the afternoon before clouds returned, giving way to a renewed, however small, chance of precipitation for Sunday and into the week.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slight chance of rain – between 20 percent and 30 percent – through Tuesday with the possibility of rain through Friday.

Temperatures will continue to hover in the mid-60s during the day, creeping up to 70 Tuesday and Wednesday.

As the area waits for the next major system to come through, it could see some dry days, said Mike Pechner, owner of Global West Meteorology.

“We’re going into a drier pattern. The jet stream went into Southern California on these weather systems,” Pechner said of the storms that dropped more than two inches of rain on Solano County during the week. “The next system is due about Thursday and we’re looking at a quarter- to a half-inch for that one.”

After that, a small high pressure front should move in and keep things dry until late the following week.

“Beyond that, we might see something March 13 or 14,” Pechner said. “We’re entering a pattern where we may see dry weather for about a week. This is very similar to a typical winter pattern.”

It’s good that things are normalizing, Pechner said, adding that the incoming high pressure isn’t anything to worry about.

“The high pressure coming in after these storms has not been similar to the one that we had earlier this season,” he said, comparing the new high to a massive high pressure that kept rain away through much of December and January, which are typically among the wettest months for the area.

That’s good news, especially in the wake of the driest calendar year on record for the area.

As February wrapped up, Pechner said rainfall totals remained at a hair more than 10 inches, which more than doubles the normal of around four inches for the month.

Still, the area remains behind for the season that began July 1, 2013.

Travis Air Force Base has received about 10 inches of rain for the season to date, compared to 15.93 in a normal year.

The area was also behind at this time last year with 10.21 inches at Travis.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 ore [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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