2015-01-01 / Front Page

High pressure halts rain and snow

On Jan. 6, the National Weather Service said high pressure was "blocking" storm energy from the region. (National Weather Service | CONTRIBUTED)On Jan. 6, the National Weather Service said high pressure was "blocking" storm energy from the region. (National Weather Service | CONTRIBUTED)Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 - 11:15 a.m. - County precipitation stood at just 58 percent of normal this week. With high pressure centered over the state, no significant rain or snow is forecast for the immediate future.

"A blocking pattern over the West" is responsible for sunny and dry weather that is now dominating the area's weather, the National Weather Service said today. 

"Clouds and possible strong winds" may affect the county by Friday, but rain is unlikely, today's forecast added.

A series of storms last month dropped more rain than normal over the Central Valley, apparently leaving less for the mountains and foothills.

Last month, Bakersfield and Fresno both reported significantly more rain than normal. 

As of last week, Yosemite Valley had logged just 7.46 inches of rain compared to a Jan. 1 average of 12.74 inches for the precipitation season.

Yosemite Valley is the only station in Mariposa County that has logged multi-decade precipitation data.



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