Storm 18 Just Offshore and Hauling Butt

Storm 18 Precipitation Distribution

Storm 17 rainfall total was .6 if an inch. It featured one cloud band of heavy rain (and heavy mountain snow) with some instability cells behind the front. The whole thing came through hauling butt from west to east, and looked like, as the front passed through, it was capable of a tornado.
Storm 18 is now approaching as Storm 17 is about to finish cruising over Salt Lake City. Storm 18 looks like it will behave in a similar manner to yesterday’s storm. It’s moving very fast and doubling strength and size every 4 hours roughly, will feature 1 strong band of precipitation.

In the picture, Storm 17 is the big-a** thing seen stretching from New Mexico to British Columbia. Storm 18 is the little cloud wave just approaching the Central California coast.

Today’s notable weather warnings: Gale/Hazardous Seas, all the waters off the California Coast going well out to sea from the Channel Islands to that big point south of Eureka; High Surf Warning, San Simeon to Fort Bragg roughly, with particular intensity in the central portion of that stretch, and affecting the estuaries.

4:11 am UPDATE. Storm size has grown about another third. Very high energy throughout the main cloud band — about 50 lightning strikes so far shown on Weather Channel graphics. This was not true of the previous front. Nice storm coming in today.

10:55 am UPDATE. Storms been over Fresno for a while, but first raindrops just arrive. That’s because Fresno is located in a “rain shadow”. We’re often the last to see rain. From the sky, the view is of a storm that has perfectly enveloped the state border to border.

12:22 pm UPDATE. This storm better not be already winding down! Probably less that a tenth of an inch has fallen today. If so, what a rip-off!

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