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Rain, Potential Flooding Suddenly Appear in the Fresno Forecast
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 8 months ago on
August 16, 2023

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Mother Nature might not be done messing with Valley residents.

When this punishing dose of triple-digit temperatures accompanied by higher-than-normal humidity ends, record rain for the month of August could fall.

The National Weather Service in Hanford said on its Wednesday morning discussion page that “around one-half of an inch of rain is possible in the San Joaquin Valley south of Madera County (on) Monday.”

And, higher totals of rain are possible in the Sierra Nevada and Kern County mountains.

“If this type of rainfall comes into fruition, flooding will be a concern,” NWS said.

Nearly 18 Inches of Fresno Rain Since October

According to the NWS, 17.81 inches of rain have fallen in the Fresno area since the start of the water year on Oct. 1, 2022.  That compares to a normal of 10.94 inches to date.

Fresno’s wettest August ever was the quarter-inch that fell in 1964.

The weather service said the rain could result from tropical moisture a few hundred miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, spreading north this weekend and into next week.

Heat Will Give Way to a Cooldown on Friday

NWS is predicting highs of 103 degrees for today and Thursday followed by 97 on Friday.

Afternoon highs in the 90s are expected on Saturday and Sunday, with a 20% chance of rain Sunday night and into Monday. Tuesday’s forecast includes a 20% chance of rain.

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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