A developing mid-October storm aimed at SF Bay Area could ‘potentially’ end wildfire season

SF Gate

Meteorologists are closely watching the long-term Northern California weather forecast, which shows several days of moderate to heavy rain in mid-October, stretching from the San Francisco Bay Area to Redding.

If a wet storm arrives as predicted, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said it could “quell ongoing wildfire activity, help improve drought conditions … and replenish water resources throughout the West Coast.”

It’s difficult to nail down a forecast beyond seven days with accuracy, and this proved true earlier this month when a long-term forecast showed rain in the future, and in the end, there was mostly drizzle.

But National Weather Service forecaster Roger Gass said, “This looks to be a lot more promising. All the models are suggesting widespread rainfall as we head into that timeframe.”

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