‘Near-record’ rainfall could hit the Bay Area soon. Would it end wildfire season?

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There’s a chance the Bay Area could see above-normal rainfall this month that would slightly improve drought conditions and potentially put an end to the region’s wildfire season, according to meteorologists.

A storm system over the northeastern Pacific Ocean could bring as much as two inches of rain from the Bay Area up to Redding from Oct. 20-24.

The heavy rainfall would be a “possible near-record breaking precipitation for late October,” according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

Meteorologist Roger Gass explained the potential record-breaking rainfall would be measured against rainfall for the month of October, not the kinds of showers the Bay Area sees in January and February.

“We’re still looking out … seven days in advance so a lot can change between now and then,” said Gass.

“It’s just kind of getting the word out that it looks like we’re going back towards a potential for a wet pattern,” he said.

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