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Rain Doesn’t Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk

Photo caption: A rainy day in San Diego, Nov. 21, 2016.

Photo by Christopher Maue

A rainy day in San Diego, Nov. 21, 2016.

Rain Doesn't Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk


Alex Tardy, meteorologist, National Weather Service


San Diego County may get more rain Saturday night or Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Temperatures in the county on Thanksgiving could be in the mid- to upper 70s before cooling down over the weekend, meteorologist Alex Tardy said.

Northern California will see rain over the holiday, in keeping with what has already been a wet fall. Tardy said the region is 100 to 120 percent above normal for rainfall since Oct. 1. That's in contrast to Southern California, which is below average for rainfall nearly two months into the state's sixth year of drought.

"We have a long way to go already, even though the season is very young," Tardy said.

Tardy said that although the rain that fell in the county on Sunday and Monday does not signal a wet winter for San Diego, it does reduce the chance for wildfire.

"It doesn't stop fires, but it makes it so much harder for fires to spread if they do start," he said.

Tardy discusses his holiday weather forecast on KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday.

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