By Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/07/14, 8:52 PM PST | Updated: 51 mins ago

The sprinkle of rain across dusty Southern California this week didn’t come close to the biblical deluge needed to play catch-up to a three-year drought — up to a yard of rain over the next month, some meteorologists said.

The skies parted Friday after a quarter inch had drizzled overnight, but with scant rain on the horizon despite a water-heavy storm barreling toward the Bay Area.

“While Northern California is going to get socked full of moisture in the next couple of days, that fire hose of moisture is not going to head south,” said Ken Clark, an AccuWeather meteorologist based in Rancho Cucamonga.

Expect lots of clouds, with temperatures in the mid-60s. Maybe a squirt of rain Sunday night across a Southland desperate for moisture, forecasters said.

But not the so-called “pineapple express” of tropical storms streaming in from the Pacific expected to dump buckets of rain from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. Or to hurl up to six feet of snow across the vastly depleted Sierra Nevada and Cascades, with blinding blizzards expected to rip through eastern Washington.

While up to 10 inches of rain may flood the North Coast, diminishing the effects of the statewide drought, the atmospheric river of moisture will offer no dividend for bone-dry Southern California, forecasters said.

“It’s going to be a brush-by,” said Carol Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It’s sad. I wish we had more.

“We’re so dry that the last two (rain) events have been 1/10th to a quarter inch. It helps. But it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what we usually have.”

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