At long last, substantial rain is expected throughout Chattanooga area

Firefighters from Puerto Rico monitor a fire line while battling the Rough Ridge wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, near Chatsworth, Ga. The wildfire, which was started by lightning in mid-October, has burned in mostly wilderness areas.

Dry as dust

› Month-to-date precipitation: 0.06 inches› Normal month-to-date precipitation: 4.22 inches› Year-to-date precipitation: 25.11 inches› Normal year-to-date precipitation: 46.80 inchesSource: National Weather Service

A few sprinkles on Nov. 19 technically ended a near-record streak of 29 days without rain in Chattanooga, and they were followed up by a whopping 0.05 inches of rain on the 23rd.

But neither day's rainfall did much to quench the water-starved tri-state area.

This week looks like it will be different. Finally.

A long-awaited substantial rainfall is expected to grace the Scenic City starting tonight and continuing into Wednesday.