While the Monterey Peninsula got only a fraction of an inch, the highest Ventana ridges may have gotten as much as 3 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 9:00 this morning. That’s not a lot of rain by the standards of the Santa Lucia Mountains but, given the recent fires, it’s still enough to cause worries.
The good news is that it looks like the watersheds have absorbed this first blast of moisture without much trouble. The Big Sur River jumped from a flow of about 15 cubic feet per second (cfs) up to over 200cfs by midnight last night (a record flow for the date), but has since dropped back down to 64cfs. To put this in perspective, last winter’s peak flow was 2,840cfs and the all time record is the 10,700cfs flow on January 5, 1978 (following the Marble Cone burn).