Rain welcomed in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) It was a rare sight in Kern County this year as rain fell Tuesday night and Wednesday in the Central Valley.

But, was it a fluke or a sign of things to come?

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For the Vasquez family of Bakersfield, come rain or shine they had the grills lit up and food out prepped.

"Well, we're having a barbecue," laughed Gerri Gonzalez. "We'll still be here. Rain, light, anything. We'll still be here."

Typically, February and March are the rainiest months for Kern County.

In the middle of so-called rain season, as of Wednesday, it had been 25 days since Kern County last saw measurable rain. And, with the state currently in a drought, continuous dry weather is a big concern.

"The long-range predictions from the National Center for Environmental Predictions show that we're not going to be seeing any change to this severe drought situation, this exceptional drought, until next year," said Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio.

The rain wasn't the only big news of the day. Wednesday afternoon smartphones across the region lit up with an emergency alert of a dust storm in the eastern Kern County desert.

Muzio said the message should not have gone to those outside of the Ridgecrest area.

"It's extremely windy in the Indian wells area. Inyokern, Ridgecrest. They had wind gusts up to 76 mph," he said. "This was issued because it was a dust storm warning, not just a typical run-of-the-mill blowing dust advisory just in the Ridgecrest area."

So, from temperatures in the 80s just Monday, to a near 15 degree temperature drop and rain Wednesday, all one can do is accept the changes, and hope for more rain.

"I'm just gonna enjoy the weather today, and enjoy the people and enjoy Bakersfield while I have the chance," said Martinez.

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