Report: March to be very wet, after dry February

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A dry February appears to be giving way to a very wet March according to the latest rainfall projections.

The early models project rain to start this Friday March 4th and continue on and off through March 15th bringing a significant amount of rain to the Bay Area.

If the projections hold, this system could bring an entire month’s worth of average rainfall in just about 10 days.

Here are the average March rainfall totals for Santa Rosa (4.20”), San Francisco (3.77”), Oakland (3.56”), and San Jose (2.31”).

At the beginning of February, most Bay Area cities had received 100% or more of their average rainfall for the season, but a very dry month has dropped most totals to 70-80% of normal.

The rainy season typically runs until mid-April, but could stretch into May because of this year’s El Nino pattern.

That being said, most experts say it’s highly unlikely that California will receive enough rain this year to avoid another year of drought restrictions.