“Weather is just playing games”

By all means go on the garden tours this weekend, but take an umbrella. “In a year that has been anything but normal with huge snowfalls in the Sierra and well-above-normal rain in the lowlands, Mother Nature is just not done playing her games with us just yet,” writes Ken Clark at AccuWeather. For your forecast, which in California will involve cool temperatures and a chance of rain this weekend, click here for the National Weather Service. To improve your vocabulary about what type of rain might fall, check out this collection of “pluvial” terms in the New York Times. UPDATE: A mirthful meteorologist friend and author of the Bad Mom/Good Mom blog  just wrote, “I’ll see your pluvial and raise you virga.”

“Upper level low”

Call me Timon, but I love it when it rains on the Oscars, second only to when it rains on the Rose Parade. Soaked joggers in the marathon are a poor substitute for bedraggled floats and movie stars. The misanthropists among us will need to cross our fingers that rains predicted for Saturday will extend into Sunday. Click on the map to be taken to the National Weather Service, then fill in your zip code for your exact local forecast. Or click here to be taken to Ken Clark’s AccuWeather forecast. “Rain and snow will gradually develop Friday and Friday night across California,” he writes, “and as the upper-level low moves inland Saturday across the southern third of California, thunderstorms could occur as well.”

A huge storm is coming to California

October 13, 2009, 10.33am. Source: National Weather Service

Click on the image for the National Weather Service, then enter your location for the latest forecasts.

Via Aquafornia: “I am looking at a storm developing in the eastern Pacific today that made me look at the calendar to confirm it’s still October … a huge storm is coming to a large part of California, especially the northern two thirds.” – Ken Clark, AccuWeather.com. For Clark’s state-wide forecast for California, click here.

For Southern California Clark predicts: Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are likely in western Santa Barbara County to 1.5 to 2.5 inches in Ventura County, 0.75 to 1.50 in the LA Basin diminishing to 0.10 to 0.30 inches in San Diego County. These are total rain amounts through Wednesday as a few showers linger behind the main rain band.

For the deserts: Some rain