Sprinkles Next Week May Break Dry Spell

At last, it's going to rain. A little. Maybe.

Forecasters say there's a chance of a few light showers by Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Usually, the rainy season would have struck in earnest by now. But this year, we haven't had any measurable rain since Nov. 1, when .09 of an inch fell. It raised the Santa Ana total for the season, which began July 1, to a paltry one-tenth of an inch, compared to a normal total for the date of 2.27 inches.

Curtis Brack, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., said that a persistent series of high-pressure systems over the West Coast have formed a barrier against storms from the northern Pacific.

Brack said a big storm is developing south of the Aleutian Islands. It could bring to Southern California--about one-quarter inch in the coastal areas and perhaps half an inch in foothill communities--before moving to the east Wednesday.

This weekend, expect morning low clouds and fog giving way to hazy afternoon sunshine.

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