Mike Smith is a meteorologist with the national Weather Service in Sacramento.
"Well, obviously it's a over a once in a 100 year event, so it's fairly rare," he says.
Smith says Sacramento is also likely to see a record high temperature today -- at 70 degrees. The old record was 69.
"Typically this time of year in Sacramento, we get right around the mid 50s and we're expecting a high today of 70s so that's about 15 degrees above normal," Smith says. "Some places in the northern valley will be pushing about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year."
As the forecast for a wet December improves, a new study says only so much water can be stored by future dam or reservoir projects in California.
The National Weather Service is offering a more positive forecast for the likelihood of a wet December in California.
(AP) - Officials say residents of a California community where hundreds of home wells have run dry can now take hot showers in portable facilities set up in a church parking lot.
The U.S. Drought Monitor measures the impact of the drought across the nation and California cattle ranchers have millions of dollars at stake based on that information. But some are questioning the accuracy of the data.
The drought has caused contamination and the closure of some groundwater wells at South Lake Tahoe.