San Francisco Just Recorded Its 8th Wettest Year on Record

But it’s still not enough to pull us out of ‘extreme drought’ conditions

Matt Charnock

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Two people stand in fog and rainy conditions and look towards the Golden Gate Bridge from Sausalito, California, October 30, 2021. Photo courtesy Sftm. (Photo by Gado/Getty Images)

The entire Bay Area has been in a years-long drought, leaving some of the region’s water reservoirs nearly empty in 2021. And this lack of precipitation has also fueled and worsened and fanned the historic wildfires of the past two years. While this recent spat of heavy rain left the Bay Area with flood advisories, slick sidewalks, and many fallen trees, it still wasn’t quite enough rainfall to get us out of our current “D4 (Exceptional Drought)” conditions. But it did make for a record-breaking year of rainfall.

From October 1 and December 26 of this year, San Francisco’s received 15.04" of rain — making it the wettest year in the city since 1983 from just those three months, alone.

“At 5 pm San Francisco 15.04” rain since Oct 1, 2021 is 8th wettest water year to date (ytd), wettest since 1983 w/15.70" rain for the same period; 1983–1984 La Niña.,” reads a tweet from the National Weather Service: San Francisco Bay Area. “SF top 5 wettest water ytd (ending Dec 26): 1. 23.77” 1889. 2. 17.68" 1849. 3. 17.44" 1885 4. 16.74" 1866.”

Granted, we are still not likely to break the all-time record for that almost three-month span that was set in 1889 — when a drenching 23.77 inches fell between those dates — but more rain is still in the forecast for San Francisco until Wednesday.

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Matt Charnock

SF transplant, coffee shop frequent; tiny living enthusiast. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in nine or so years. Former EIC of The Bold Italic.