1st Southern California storm of the season brings showers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Pacific storm of the season has brought showers and occasional downpours to Southern California but skipped some areas entirely.
The National Weather Service says a shower Thursday morning dropped more than a half-inch (12.7 centimeters) of rain on downtown Santa Barbara but it missed the vast burn scar of the Thomas Fire, which spewed a deadly debris flow through Montecito during a Jan. 9 deluge.
Santa Barbara County emergency managers say rainfall over Montecito and nearby Carpinteria have been below thresholds for debris flows.
Forecasters say shower activity has been settling down as a more stable air mass moves in.