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Weather: Rain finally forecast in SF again

Meanwhile, “abnormal dryness” is spreading throughout the state

The SF Ferry Building as seen through a rain-smeared window. Photo by Tayfun Coskun

According to a several weather forecasts, rain is finally on the way to the Bay Area again late Tuesday. However, figures disagree on just how much the region can wring out of this particular storm.

After a soaking back in November, scarcely a drop has fallen on San Francisco in a month. According to the latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor, there’s no troubles manifesting yet in the north part of the stat but “abnormal dryness” and “moderate drought” is spreading throughout Southern California.

(Albeit at a fraction the rate of the same time last year.)

Of course, there’s never any promises when it comes to the weather. The best outlooks on tap:

  • The National Weather Service predicts about a 60 percent chance of precipitation late Tuesday night, with a small chance of showers Wednesday as well. “New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.” Near Santa Rosa the forecast calls for just “less than a tenth of an inch.”
  • Weather Underground anticipates about three quarters of an inch to fall on the city Tuesday night at about 70 percent odds, with the same forecast for the North Bay and Sonoma County.
  • And the Weather Channel downplays the downpour odds, agreeing that it will rain but calling for only “occasional showers” throughout the night which will mostly be just cloudy.

The evening commute should be a dry one. The rain is forecast to begin starting around 10 p.m. tonight.