Set the weekend for warm temperatures
Weekend Rain Dropped between 1 and 3 inches of rain across Ventura County between Friday and early Tuesday, giving way to clearer skies Tuesday morning.
Light rain could follow Wednesday night before the county warms up and dries out over the weekend, said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Big storms could return next week, with the “fuzzy end of the forecast” showing strong signs of rain on January 31, Sweet said.
The weekend rains brought the province closer to normal seasonal rainfall totals after the water year, which runs from October to September, got off to a dry start. These totals, along with detailed summaries of precipitation from year to year, are available at vcwatershed.net.
By Tuesday morning, total precipitation at most weather stations in the province was between 70% and 90% of the total normal precipitation for this point in the water year, county data show. Three locations — in Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and near Rincon Beach — are between 130% and 140% of their normal total after heavy rains in December.
These stations were not hit hard this time, as only the mountainous areas of the province received more than two inches of rain. The highest rainfall total was measured at the National Weather Service station on Nordhoff Ridge, which received just over 3 inches over three days.
Despite a historically wet January last year, a dry January is not unusual, said Scott Holder, a hydrologist with the county’s Watershed Conservation District. Potential storms in February could change this pattern.
“It’s still too early to know,” he said.
Holder said the county’s upper soil layers dried out enough last year that the county could still handle “a significant amount of rain” before the risk of widespread flooding and washouts became apparent.
But this may change with one or two severe storms.
“Things can change very quickly. People have to be vigilant and watch the weather,” Holder said. “It’s up to Mother Nature.”
5-day rainfall totals for Ventura County in inches:
- Camarillo 1.09
- Fillmore 1.67
- Moorpark 1.28
- Ojai 3.02
- Oxnard 1.76
- Port of Hueneme 1.71
- Santa Paula 1.80
- Simi Valley 1.02
- Thousand Oaks 1.12
- Ventura 1.26
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