2014-11-27 / Front Page

Town gets minimal rain from storm

This Web-cam view from close to 8,000 feet on Sentinel Dome suggested measurable snow only fell above that level. (Yosemite Conservancy | CONTRIBUTED)This Web-cam view from close to 8,000 feet on Sentinel Dome suggested measurable snow only fell above that level. (Yosemite Conservancy | CONTRIBUTED)Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:40 a.m. - As of Wednesday morning, the two-day rain total at the National Weather Service's automated weather station off Highway 49 North stood at just .73 inches.

Rain totals at higher-elevation points were higher. The morning's storm total at Wawona stood at 2.29 inches. Crane Flat collected 2.06 inches.

Before this week's storms, forecasters were calling for two to three inches of rain in the foothills. A forecast period of heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon failed to materialize, however.

Reached at the National Weather Service Office in Hanford (Kings County), meteorologist Cindy Bean said a large chunk of the storm missed the county. 

Rainfall totals can vary dramatically, "due to the way (storm) energy rotates around the low pressure system," Bean said.

Due to the storm's warm nature, the county's Badger Pass ski area received zero snow from the storm. The area is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, Dec. 12.

Scattered showers are due through Friday, forecasters said today.

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