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Santa Rosa's rainfall tops yearly average

The rain is over, at least for a few days, but then more rain is forecast for Thursday through the Presidents' Day holiday weekend.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, rainfall totals for this season were at least twice — sometimes three times or even four times — that of last year, when near-drought conditions brought water conservation measures.

Santa Rosa's season total so far is 19.04 inches, compared with 8.25 inches at this time last year. The total is slightly greater than the average of 18.88 inches.

Petaluma recorded 16.37 inches so far this season, compared with 6.27 inches at this time last year.

Most areas of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties have experienced twice as much rain as last year.

Cities recording three times as much rain this season as last year include Windsor, Sebastopol, Lakeport and Middletown.

So far, Cloverdale and Bodega Bay lead the list of soggy towns, recording four times as much rain as last year.

Rain over the last couple weeks has filled area reservoirs to the point where the water supply levels at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino have topped out at slightly over 100 percent.

Weather forecasters are calling for cloudy skies today through Tuesday with daytime temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s.

-- Bleys W. Rose


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