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June gloom

  • Connor Michel, 2, enjoys the rain during the Santa Rosa Farmer's Market in the east parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Hall in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Rain smacked the North Bay on Wednesday, kicking off what is forecast to be one of the wettest Junes ever in Santa Rosa.

With .22 inches of rain already recorded on Day One, up to 2 inches of rain is expected Friday night into Saturday.

"If everything comes together we could be sliding into the second wettest June on record, if the forecast is still on track," said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It definitely looks like record-breaking rainfall," he said.

The storms and predicted rainfall have created havoc for North Bay event organizers — from farmers markets to jazz festivals to graduations.

Santa Rosa's Wednesday Night Market was canceled for the second consecutive week. An Annadel State Park mountain bike race scheduled for Sunday and this weekend's Sonoma Country Music Barbecue at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds each were postponed.

"It's winter in June," Anderson said. "It's very unusual."

Snow fell Wednesday in the Lake Tahoe area, with Alpine Meadows ski resort reporting 10 inches of new snow overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, with snow still falling Wednesday afternoon.

Because of the steady snow, chain controls were set up at the summit on Interstate 80 near Boreal Ski Resort.

The record rainfall for June in Santa Rosa is 2.43 inches in 1929. Second wettest was in 1967 with 1.94 inches for the entire month. In an average year, Santa Rosa only gets 0.19 inches of rain in June.

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