A man walks down Market Street during a lull in a recent storm that hit The City. (Mike Koozmin/ SF Examiner File Photo)

Showers expected to roll in after dry February

San Francisco will quench its thirst for rain once again this week when a series of storms predicted to hit The City as early as Thursday roll in, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms come after a dry month for San Francisco, which pulled in a mere 0.09 inches of rainfall in February, said Steve Anderson, a forecaster for the weather service.

The rain in February was just 2 percent of The City’s normal rate of 3.66 inches for the month, according to Anderson. San Francisco saw 1.47 inches of rain in February of last year, he added.

“It’s not record-breaking, but it is on the low side,” Anderson said.

The City’s first rain in March is expected to last for more than a week, starting on Thursday and sticking around until Saturday of the following week, Anderson said.

People in The City and around the Bay Area should be prepared for power outages, fallen trees and slower commute times as the storms pass through, he added.

Despite a dry month, Anderson said the Bay Area still has several months until the end of the year’s rainy season to make up for the dry start to the year. However, it will take more than a few weeks of heavy rain to make up for California’s numerous years of extremely dry weather.

“It will take a number of years to recover from this four-year drought,” Anderson said, adding that San Franciscans should continue to conserve water.


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