2014-11-13 / Front Page

Light rain dampens county

The morning sun peeked through a layer of fog that hugged the county on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)The morning sun peeked through a layer of fog that hugged the county on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 - 8:45 a.m. - Close to a quarter inch of rain had dampened Mariposa as of 8 a.m. this morning. The latter part of the week could see fog return to the area, however.

The weak low pressure system that spritzed the county this morning exceeded forecasters' expectations. On Tuesday, the storm total was forecast to add up to .13 inches of rain. 

Given the area's multi-year drought, rain is usually a good thing. Over the past month, however, damp ground across the region has produced some of the worst autumn air quality in recent memory.

"Fog was being seen up to about 3,000 feet," National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Mendenhall said on Wednesday. "The air quality should get better... on Thursday. But then the fog will come back in (on Friday or Saturday)."

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