Good news for our ability to sustain a population of 39 million, bad news if you were planning a picnic:
The National Weather Service forecasts one-quarter to 1.5 inches of rain, depending on location, coming the Bay Area's way through Wednesday night. Light rain should start late today, in the North Bay, before a stronger system moves in and dampens the entire region.
Wednesday morning the rain should diminish, but thunderstorms are possible over the North Bay, the weather service says.
But wait, there's more ...
Another, weaker system will bring as much as a half-inch of rain to the North Bay, most of it Thursday night. And yet even more systems are lining up in the Pacific, preparing for landing Saturday and into next week.