Monday Feb 18 2008
Wet weather ahead
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
Rain forecast for foothills, snow for Sierra this week
It looks like the Auburn area's early spring has sprung a leak. The fling with sunny, dry, short-sleeve days has come to an end, as the National Weather Service forecasts rain through the weekend. It's just a wintry pattern, wet and wintry. We're still in February, so this isn't unusual, said Cindy Palmer, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. We had a nice little break but now it's time for some more wet weather. Tiffany Soderman and Heather Mauel spent Monday afternoon watching their children play in the sandbox at Recreation Park in Auburn. Soderman said that the sunny streak was a godsend that she was disappointed to see go. I don't know anybody who wouldn't want this weather, she said. It's all about the good weather, and sanity before the cabin fever sets in. It's been wonderful. We've spent a lot of time outside, mainly playing and doing yard work, getting ready for spring. Soderman said it's not as easy to keep children entertained when they're cooped up. The kids get along better when they're outside, she said. There's not a lot of things to do inside, in Auburn, for them to get their wiggles out. Mauel said the early start on spring has been nice. We just moved back from Oregon so we're happy to be in the sun and in the warmth, she said. That said, Mauel isn't too disappointed to see the return of rain. It just means we stay inside a little more, she said. Blue skies have made for busy days at Galaxie Marine Sales and Service in Newcastle. The year sort of started out slow ” who wants to think about being on a boat when it's snowing? said Jim Carius, owner. These last three weeks, there's a lot of people coming in for repairs. Now we're seeing a lot of pent-up demand. Now we're a couple weeks out on repairs. The next big rush, Carius said, will be when Folsom Lake is full enough to lift the current 5 mph speed limit for watercrafts. A little rain is a good thing, Carius said. The speed limit is 5 mph until the water level gets to 400 feet. It's currently 391 (feet) and some change. The boat business is like farming ” you want rain, but not too much. The series of storms coming through Northern California this week won't likely be enough to bring Folsom Lake up to 400 feet, but a little rainfall won't hurt. Palmer said storms could drop a quarter inch per day in the foothills, with more precipitation late this week. Friday could be up to an inch, Palmer said. The Saturday system looks like it could be a wetter one, too. This system also brings low snow levels that could reach the 2,000-2,500 feet Sunday and Monday, Palmer said. The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment online at auburnjournal.com.