Showers come to the Bay Area

Alex Yang, Staff Writer

The first of two storms has moved into the Bay Area, offering a slight drought relief.

In the Bay Area, Kentfield received 1.03 inches of rain, the most in the Bay Area. San Francisco got about one-third of an inch, and Oakland almost one-fifth of an inch.

Sophomore Seena Sebt said, “I am happy that the drought has ended and that there is more rain. It felt different with the winter having really little rain, but I am glad that it finally did start to rain.”

A stronger storm than the one on Wednesday is expected to hit Friday and will boost the total amount of rain to as much as three inches, the  local weather services stated.

The Bay Area is expected to receive a total of three inches of rain after the two storms.
The Bay Area is expected to receive a total of three inches of rain after the two storms.

These weather systems have led to delays at the San Francisco International Airport, which stretched to as long as two hours with 111 canceled flights on Wednesday.

Airport spokesman Larry Mares said, “The number [of delays] will almost certainly grow. This is just the beginning.”

Although the incoming storms, the weather systems will unlikely make a big impact on the state’s water deficit. San Francisco is still expected to be at a 50 percent average of rainfall for this time of year, even after the second storm comes.

Sophomore Kevin Hutchaleelaha said, “It is good that there is incoming rain, although I do not think that it will be enough to make up for the drought. Of course the rain will help a little, but it will not really do much.”

In Santa Cruz County, the creek that provides the community with water has already run dry, and the three wells that tap an underground aquifer are not drawing as much as usual.

The water district has already required its 1,200 customers to scale back water use by 30 percent to preserve the little amount of water it has.

At a San Francisco news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said that the state had not taken steps to enforce mandatory water rationing, but it could be an option.

Brown said, “I certainly encourage every local community to do exactly what they need. And when it becomes necessary for the state to take over and actually order [ration], I’ll certainly do that.”