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Wet March following in February’s footsteps

Keep your umbrellas handy.

March appears to be following February’s rainy lead — although we still have a long way to go to catch up to normal rainfall for the year, said George Cline, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“February’s total rainfall was 14.86 inches – that’s pretty good,” Cline said. “Normal for February is 9.02 inches.”

March already has logged close to 3 inches, Cline said. Most of that fell on Saturday, when there was a total of 2.2 inches.

The rainiest day this week will be Thursday, Cline said.

“We’ll have rain starting during the morning commuter time and continuing all day, tapering off in the evening,” Cline said. “It should total an inch to an inch and a half.”

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy and not much in the way of showers, with sun peeking out later in the day. Wednesday will be increasingly cloudy, with showers possible by the evening, Cline said. After Thursday’s rain, Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny and dry.

Temperatures will toggle between the mid-50s and 60s all week. Thursday will likely be cooler, in the mid-50s, with the rain, Cline said.

With February’s rain totals, the region was now at about 30 percent of normal seasonal rainfall for the year, Cline said.

“We’re still way in the hole,” he said, referring to the worst drought in state history. “We’ve got about two-thirds (of normal rainfall) of the way to go.”

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email kbrenner@theunion.com or phone 530-477-4239.