An active jet stream has been sending a series of storms into the western US. One of these storms pounded California today with up to 1.5" inches of rain, along with snow in the mountains. Thunderstorms produced 60+ mph wind gusts. Tornado warnings were issued near Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where funnels were spotted. (Click here for a list of storm reports.)
Additional rain will continue out west, which will create mudslides. Various wildfires in the past few years have left a lot of land void of ground cover. Heavy rainfall will cause soils to wash down hills very easily.
The energy from this storm, in a greatly diminished form, will affect our area Sunday. With temperatures in the 40s, we will see occasional showers Sunday afternoon and evening.