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Bay Area forecast: Record-setting rainy season not quite over

Bay Area forecast: Record-setting rainy season not quite over

The door to this year’s record-setting rainy season remains open as a weak storm system is expected to deliver rain to the Bay Area on Wednesday, followed by two additional chances of wet stuff next week.

The system Wednesday is expected to deliver measurable rainfall throughout the region, though it will be heaviest north of the Golden Gate, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to arrive in time for the afternoon and evening commute, and will be accompanied by gusty winds up to 30 mph.

Rainfall amounts for Wednesday range from a half-inch to 1 inch in the North Bay, one-quarter to one-half around San Francisco, the East Bay and Peninsula and one-quarter or less in the South Bay, according to the weather service.

Southerly winds will increase during the day with the strongest winds in the late afternoon and early evening hours, according to the weather service. hills.

A few showers could linger into Thursday, but conditions are expected to dry out by the afternoon.

Following a couple of dry days Friday and Saturday, there is an increasing chance of rain Sunday, according to the weather service. Meteorologists are also tracking a potential for rain Tuesday.

So far this water year, which began Oct. 1, 2016 and ends Sept. 30, 2017, at least two climate stations have already recorded their wettest years on record, according to the weather service. San Rafael has received 61.72 inches, eclipsing a mark of 61.45 in 1994-95, and Mount Diablo Junction has recorded 50.40 inches, topping the 44.30 inches in 1997-98.

The climate station in Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains has received an incredible 92.04 inches this season, second most to 95.65 in the El Niño winter of 1982-83.

And in the key watersheds of Northern California — eight areas from Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta that feed many of the state’s largest reservoirs — this water year currently ranks second all-time to 1982-83 and could threaten the record.

As of Monday, the “Northern Sierra eight-station index” was at 87.7 inches — 205 percent of the historic average for this date, according to the state’s Department of Water Resources. The eight areas need an average of .9 inches to become the wettest year on record (88.5 inches).