Thursday, April 5, 2018

SoHum Flood Watch: Here Comes the Rain, Again

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 3:37 PM

click to enlarge An atmospheric river is arriving. - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  • National Weather Service
  • An atmospheric river is arriving.
A flood watch for Southern Humboldt is in effect from late Thursday through Saturday morning as the region settles in for another round of rain that is expected to last through the weekend.

The National Weather Service flood watch primarily refers to small streams overrunning their banks but also states that there “is a slight chance for main stem river flooding, stay tuned to the forecast.” The storm is coming from the region of Hawaii, as indicated by NWS' adorable pineapple graphic.

The service also reports that “rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are expected, with local amounts up to 7 inches possible along windward facing slopes.”

Flood watch from the National Weather Service:
A strong atmospheric river will bring wet weather to the area. Rain has started to spread across the area this afternoon. This will continue through early Saturday morning. The heaviest rain is expected Friday night. There is a slight chance for main stem river flooding, stay tuned to the forecast.

The National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of northwest California, including
the following areas, Mendocino Coast, Northeastern Mendocino
Interior, Northwestern Mendocino Interior, Southeastern
Mendocino Interior, Southern Humboldt Interior, Southern
Trinity, Southwestern Humboldt, and Southwestern Mendocino
Interior.

* From late tonight through Saturday morning. The heaviest rain is expected Friday afternoon and Friday night.

* Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected with local amounts up to 7 inches possible in the higher terrain.

* Small stream flooding will become swollen and fast moving. They may exceed their banks and cause flooding. Low lying areas may flood as well.

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