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Wednesday, Sep 05 2012 06:57 PM

Trace of rain comes to Bakersfield

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A couple has a perfect view of the clouds from the Park at Riverwalk that painted the sky many shades of gray bringing a trace of rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday afternoon.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A smattering of a rain fell on Bakersfield on Wednesday, but not enough to be measurable by the National Weather Service, said meteorologist Brian Ochs.

"Nothing measurable yet," Ochs said, explaining there was only a trace of rain.

The rain caused no serious safety concerns, he said.

Wednesday's weather is typical for this time of year and right about the daily average of rainfall for September, Ochs said. The high for the day was 87 degrees and the skies stayed mostly cloudy throughout the day. More rain was expected Wednesday night, as the chance of rain increased from 20 percent to 30 percent.

The record amount of rainfall for Sept. 5 is .44 inches, which came in 1978.

The weather should stay the same until Thursday evening, with a 20 percent chance of rain. After that, Bakersfield shouldn't see much more rain until October or November, Ochs said. There might be occasional lightning strikes, he added.

"It's going to be light rain, mostly sprinkles," Ochs said. "It might be a nuissance rain for some agricultural interests."

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