People in North Bay got out their umbrellas, beanies, and galoshes. There were even lines for movie matinees at the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa.
Good day for a movie! Moviegoers in Santa Rosa day they’d normally be outside barbecuing this time of year... instead they’re staying dry at the movies. How are you changing your plans during this storm-filled week? ☔️🌧💦 pic.twitter.com/yKdoVscBIB— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) May 16, 2019
"Normally we'd be at home maybe barbecuing, kicking back, relaxing, enjoying the sun. It's raining, so now we gotta go inside, to the Roxy Theatre," said Santa Rosa resident, Jack Salerno.
At Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, besides puddles in the infield, the baseball fields were empty.
"It's just too wet everywhere," said Gil Lemmon, the commissioner of athletics for CIF-North Coast Section. He says 18 championship baseball and softball games were cancelled in the North Bay and East Bay Wednesday. He says Thursday's games have also been postponed.
Soaking wet, mud-filled infields mean baseball and softball games were cancelled all over the Bay Area today. 🌧⚾️💦 pic.twitter.com/jTtC7pl0JD— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) May 16, 2019
"After a hard year of air quality issues in the fall and we had some pretty heavy rains during our winter championships and during the spring season here, we've had a lot of rain and we've had a lot of game cancellations. So now to get into our championships in May, when you think the weather is going to be great, it's disappointing and I know it's really disappointing to our schools," said Lemmon.
"These rains are really late for us... this is pinot noir and it's going through bloom right now," explained Tony Bugica, showing us green buds on a vine in Windsor. Bugica is a vineyard manager with Atlas Vineyard Management. He says this large amount of rain in May has the potential to disrupt the berry-forming process on some vines, ultimately resulting in fewer grapes.
Not the wine! 🍷— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) May 16, 2019
A Wine Country Vineyard manager tells me all this May rain could disrupt the berry-forming process and/or cause mildew and Botrytis on the vines... resulting in fewer grapes! 🍇
Not good for the farmers, wineries or ME! 😭 pic.twitter.com/u4FNMDoQJt
"Right now with the rain, there's also problems with mildew and Botrytis could occur and that also could affect the crop in the long run, which is not a good thing for the farmers or the wineries at that."
Buciga says they should know in the next three weeks how this series of rain storms will affect the grapes.
Major traffic on Lakeville Hwy and Hwy 37. This May storm is really doing a number on Sonoma County! 🌧🚗🚓🚌🌧 pic.twitter.com/mb12mtGH2c— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) May 16, 2019
Serious rain coming down in Sonoma County right now - the kind that’ll get you real wet! Glad I’m in the truck right now. This is heading south on HWY 101, just north of Santa Rosa. 💦 pic.twitter.com/QH8KCh4vnF— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) May 16, 2019