California Rainfall at the Beginning of Winter

Today, December 1st, begins meteorological winter; the three coldest months in the Northern Hemisphere. And for most locations in California it corresponds to the three wettest months.

After a much wetter than normal October ( for Northern and Central California the November totals ( were more of mixed bag, but still concentrated in the north.  Consequently the totals for the first five months of the rainfall season (July 1 to November 30) have the northern half of California above normal (  

Given the rainfall bias in the north the Drought Monitor is showing relief there but still 43% of Calif in Extreme or Exceptional Drought.

Jan Null, CCM
Golden Gate Weather Services