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Valley welcomes more rain

More rain this week continues to be a welcome sight as the drought plagues California.

According to Bill Randall, at Gen. Vallejo’s home in Sonoma, where staff collects rainfall data daily, Sonoma received just over a half inch of rain Wednesday (with measurements reflecting rainfall from Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. to Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m.) and another .61 on Thursday.

Meteorologist Christine Riley, at the National Weather Services Bay Area headquarters, said on Thursday “steady rain” would start to fall around midnight Friday. “And steady rain,” she said, “is going to continue until at least Friday late morning.” Later Friday through Saturday afternoon, Riley expects to see scattered showers with isolated lighter showers to follow. Sunday, she said, looks dry.

Sonoma County Water Agency spokeswoman Ann Dubay said the three to four inches expected by Wednesday is not enough to reach the region’s second lowest water year on record, in 1977. “We need five inches to get to just the last lowest year on record,” she said, adding this storm and the storm earlier in February are “helpful but not the solution” to overcoming the drought.

“Even if we get that amount, we are still looking at a dry year,” Dubay said. “We need a whole series of storms throughout March and April to get us in a better position.”

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