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Will It Be December Before Fresno Has Rain?



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The National Weather Service in Hanford said Tuesday that it doesn’t see rain in the Fresno forecast for the next two weeks.
In a tweet, NWS-Hanford also included a chart of the eight latest “wet season” dates for the first Fresno rainfall. The service defines the wet season as Oct. 1 to May 1 of the following year.

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What is the longest Fresnans have waited for the first rain?
Back in 1995, the first recorded rain measuring at least 0.01 inches didn’t arrive until two weeks before Christmas — Dec. 11.
“Based on current forecasts, we might see (the record fall) this year, or at least in the top five,” tweeted NWS-Hanford.
The 2019-20 wet season already has cracked the top 10 latest arrivals of rain. As of Thursday, it was tied for the No. 8 spot.
chart showing latest arrival of rain for Fresno and Bakersfield during the "wet season."

(National Weather Service-Hanford)

Late Rains Don’t Always Result in Dry Season

As the weather service pointed out, blue skies and temperatures in the 80s during November — as we are enjoying now — don’t necessarily auger a dry winter and spring.
“Following up on the previous post about late starts to precipitation in the fall, we dug a little deeper to see how the late starts affected the wet season total. We found quite a mixture of above, below and near normal totals,” NWS-Hanford tweeted Wednesday.
For the record, Fresno averages 11.50 inches of rain a year.

Chart showing Fresno rainfall totals during years that the first rains arrive late

(National Weather Service-Hanford)