What locals still like to call “Crosby Weather” has dropped 0.62 inches of rain on the Monterey Peninsula, 0.42 in Salinas, and well over an inch in parts of Big Sur, even delaying the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for about three hours.
Forecaster Bob Benjamin of the National Weather Service's Monterey station said rain began falling on Marina shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and became measurable at the Monterey Peninsula Airport at 10 p.m.
Residual light sprinkles and showers were expected to continue throughout the morning, tapering to partly cloudy skies Thursday night.
Friday's forecast in Monterey calls for periods of significant rain throughout the day and into Saturday, with a separate storm system moving into Monterey County from the North Bay area on Sunday afternoon.
Heaviest periods of rain are expected Saturday morning and early Sunday evening.
Benjamin said county residents can expect a quarter to just over an inch of precipitation in the lowlands and up to two inches in the coastal mountains over the weekend.
Annual precipitation levels in Monterey County are expected to be about 24 percent of normal by the end of Thursday.
An earthquake measuring 4.2 in magnitude occurred at 11:42 a.m. Thursday, originating 9 miles southwest of San Simeon.
At that same minute of the day, flooding was reported along Deetjen's Bridge, and basketball-sized rocks blocked northbound lanes of Highway 1 at Nepenthe in the Big Sur area. Rocks also blocked the northbound lane of Highway 1 near Big Creek at 11:50 a.m., and rocks, debris and mud closed country roads in Sycamore Canyon Road, a half-mile from Highway 1.
Judy Hoffmann, dispatch supervisor for the California Highway Patrol, said 15 non-injury crashes, and one minor-injury accident, were reported in Monterey County between 5 a.m. and noon Thursday, possibly due to wet roads. She also said chunks of mud were causing cars to slide in an agricultural area of San Juan Road, near San Miguel Canyon Road.
At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, play resumed at 11:30 a.m. after it was halted at 8:39 because of rain.
Several groups, including Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open winner at Pebble Beach, had completed as many as three holes before play was halted.
The last time weather altered tournament was 2009 when Dustin Johnson won the first of his two AT&T Pro-Am titles. Heavy rain limited the event to 54 holes.