An ‘abnormal,’ monsoon-like weather pattern hits Southern California
Southern California’s monsoon-like weather pattern may have been an “abnormal,” but the forecast for the coming days may not be as unseasonably warm as forecasters predicted.
A large storm was seen moving across the region Tuesday evening, and forecasters have warned that the rains could continue into Wednesday. A band of low pressure centered more than 2,000 miles east of the U.S. coast is likely to move along with the storm.
Forecasters predict that the storm could produce heavy, dangerous downpours in Los Angeles, but the storm itself is expected to linger over the region, with only a brief break in heavy showers or thunderstorms.
The weather continues to resemble a monsoon, as low pressures in the central Pacific move east over Southern California on Tuesday. Image: NOAA
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles has issued a flash flood warning for Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange counties, and downpours are expected there. The weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas from Santa Barbara to Ventura counties.
The storm could drop up to 4 inches of rain, but a weak trough of low pressure may move into Southern California by Wednesday. A band of low pressure is also expected to hit southern California on an east-west axis.
Southern California’s monsoon-like weather pattern may have been an “abnormal,” according to the National Weather Service in Los Angeles, but the forecast for the coming days may not be as unseasonably warm as forecasters predicted.
The weather service warns of potential flash flooding, and warns that a heavy rain or snow storm could produce minor road closures.
“A band of low pressure is forecast to move across Southern California on the eastern side of an upper-level high that will be well south of the region Tuesday,” according to the weather service, “and will continue through Wednesday with very heavy rainfall over parts of Los Angeles County