Season’s First Real Storm Arrives

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).

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3 Responses to Season’s First Real Storm Arrives

  1. Susie Bright says:

    I looked at my partner and the morning rain yesterday morning, and said, “Wow, Nov 1st. Fire season is finally over.”

    When was the last rain? January?

    There were no puddles anywhere. All the water got sucked right up.

  2. bigsurkate says:

    Yup, should be an interesting winter, huh?

    One home got flooded on the Juan Higuera/Big Sur River confluence. About an 1″ of mud, per the owner.

    Last rain of the season I recorded on April 2, 1″ for a total of 46.0″ for the season.

  3. How many STREAM FLOW MONITORING STATIONS are there along the Big Sur River and other areas of the Santa Lucias? How can I find that out? Help if you can. Thanks. Kindest regards, Sapan R. / Lyons, CO

    As far as we know, there is only the one monitoring station on the Big Sur River. The Carmel, Arroyo Seco, San Antonio and Nacimiento Rivers have at least two each. Many of these stations can be found on this statewide map.

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