SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If going weeks without any drop of rain is your kind of place, Sacramento is the place to be this past year.
A rainy Tuesday morning was the first measurable rain in the city since Jan. 7 -- a whopping 66 straight days without rainfall for what passes as the "wet" season in central California (December through February).
The previous record was 52 days between Dec. 8, 2013, and Jan. 28, 2014.
But if Sacramento ending a record-long dry streak sounds familiar, it's because it's the second time this has happened in the past five months.
Last year, Sacramento had an even more impressive dry streak that began nearly a year ago Monday, stretching 212 days from March 19 through Oct. 17, 2021. That busted their all-time dry streak by weeks, which had stood at 194 days from May 13 to Nov. 22 in 1880.
Feast or Famine….
But while that's a combined 278 days without rain, the days it DID rain tried to make up for the deficit all at once as a series of atmospheric rivers came in during October and December.
Just one week after the 212-day dry streak ended, Sacramento had 5.41 inches on Oct. 24 alone -- far and away their wettest day on record. Dec. 13 added another 2.51" to their rain tally.
Overall over the past year, Sacramento has still managed to collect over 14.5 inches of rain despite only 35 days of measurable rainfall -- the fifth-fewest rainy days between March 15ths on record.
No Dry Streaks Any Time Soon…
Rain remains in the forecast at times for central California through the week.