Weekend storms bring little drought relief to Bay Area 

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  • Mike Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner
  • While the skies cleared up Monday over the Ferry Building, San Francisco received 2.67 inches of rain over the weekend. There is a small chance of more precipitation this week.
The parched Bay Area got a soaking over the weekend, but not enough to alleviate drought concerns, weather and state water officials said Monday.

The state Department of Water Resources watched reservoir levels go up over the weekend, but Northern California reservoirs are still well below their capacity, department spokesman Doug Carlson said.

“It was a fairly small storm,” Carlson said. “We would need a succession of storms every single day to get back to average.”

Carlson advised residents to continue using water sparingly.

“Conservation efforts are still totally encouraged,” he said.

The weekend storm brought 2.67 inches of precipitation to San Francisco, according to the National Weather Service. In the Bay Area, the heaviest rain fell in the North Bay, where about 20 inches of rainfall was recorded on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County and in Cazadero in Sonoma County over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“As soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge [southbound], rainfall totals dropped off,” forecaster Steve Anderson said.

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is hovering at about 25 percent of its normal level despite mountain storms over the weekend, Carlson said.

There is a small chance of rain midweek but no major storms will be moving in, Anderson said.

He said that the region needs to have consistent rainfall for the next two months in order for water for water levels to get back to normal.

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