sandbags limited to 24 per household

A potent storm is aiming at central California, projected to bring in heavy rain and high winds next Tuesday.  That’s a ways off, and the forecasters might be overdoing it a bit with this scenario.  But who could blame them?  It’s been a long time since we’ve had any significant weather events.  Here’s a sample of the forecast discussion today:

EXTENDED...12Z MODELS FROM THE GFS AND ECMWF ARE BACK IN SYNC WITH A
 VERY WET AND WINDY TUESDAY SETTING UP.  THE KEY FEATURES OF THESE
 EVENT IS THE HEAVY RAIN...WHERE CONFIDENCE IS HIGH...AND WIND...
 WHERE CONFIDENCE FOR VERY HIGH WINDS IS STILL NOT AS CLEAR.  THE
 LOW LEVEL WINDS AND FORECAST PWS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT
 AND NEAR 5 TO 6 STANDARD DEVIATIONS FROM THE 30 YEAR NCEP
 REANALYSIS.  PWS ARE STILL APPROACHING 2 IN WHERE LOW LEVEL
 PARCELS BEGIN TO LIFT UP TOWARD THE COAST AND 925 MB WINDS ARE STILL
 NEAR 70 KTS FOR TUESDAY. AS NOTED IN THE AM DISCUSSION...THIS IS A
 VERY POTENT ATMOSPHERIC RIVER POISED RIGHT AT THE CENTRAL COAST
 AND MUST BE MONITORED CAREFULLY FOR WHEREVER IT MIGHT LINGER
 WILL RECEIVE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN. GLOBAL MODELS...EVEN WITH THEIR
 RATHER COARSE RESOLUTION ARE FORECASTING A LARGE AREA OF 5 IN OVER
 THE CENTRAL COAST. USING THE RHEA MODEL RUN BY THE CNRFC OUT THROUGH
 5 DAYS FROM THE 12Z SHOWS UPWARDS OF 3 TO 4 IN OVER THE NORTH BAY
 MNTS...AND 6 TO 8 IN IN THE SANTA CRUZ AND NORTHERN SANTA LUCIA RANGE
 FROM LATE MONDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY EVENING. MUCH OF THIS
 RAIN WILL FALL DURING THE EARLY MORNING TO LATE AFTERNOON ON TUESDAY
 LEADING TO RATHER HIGH RAIN RATES FOR SEVERAL HOURS.  THIS MAY LEAD
 TO SOME RAPID RUNOFF GIVEN HOW DRY THE GROUND IS THUS NOT ABLE TO
 ABSORB THE RAIN THAT QUICKLY. RECENT BURN SCARS FROM LAST SUMMER AND
 THIS YEAR WILL BE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING AND DEBRIS
 FLOWS. LOW LAND FLOODING AND PONDING ON ROADWAYS WILL ALSO BE
 WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT THE AREA. VERY HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
 WILL ALSO EXIST WITH OILY ROADWAYS FROM A LONG SUMMER OF DRIVING
 AND AN ABUNDANCE OF LEAVES STILL ON THE TREES READY TO BLOW OFF AND
 LITER THE HIGHWAYS.

Leaves on the ground.  Run for your lives.

And now mellowcat receives an email from Redwood City telling us where we can get sandbags.  There’s a limit of 24 sandbags per household.

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