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Storm Totals: December 21st-24th, 2016

By Reginald Stanley. Posted December 25, 2016, 3:23 AM.

A series of storms brought unsettled weather, wind, rain and mountain snow to the region last week. Of the three storms, the first and third were cold Pacific storms, while the second one drew subtropical moisture from the south.

Rain from the first storm on Wednesday was under an inch all across the region. Precipitation amounts varied from 0.09 inches in San Diego's City Heights to 0.92 inches in Perris. Most of the Temecula Valley, as well as Riverside and San Bernardino, were on the wetter side of that storm with over half an inch.

The second storm was slightly warmer and much wetter as a result of subtropical moisture being drawn from the south by a cut-off low. The Temecula Valley and parts of the eastern valleys were favored, having received in excess of one inch of rain from the storm. In east San Jacinto, contributor Monty Parrott reported a total of 1.28 inches as of Thursday evening. Meanwhile, WeatherCurrents' outlying stations such as Anza to the east, and Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles, received very little to no rain at all. Despite its location, San Diego fared on the drier side of the storm as well, with only 0.20 inches.

The third and final storm arrived Friday night, following unsettled weather earlier that day. The storm was colder and was accompanied by significant gusty winds in some locations Friday night. Heavy rain was widespread across the region overnight, lasting into Saturday morning before tapering off. Accumulated rainfall from Friday and Saturday was largely between 1 and 2 inches for many WeatherCurrents stations.

Storm totals from Wednesday through Saturday were mostly between 1 and 3 inches. A notable exception was in east Highland, where contributor Peter Michas reported a grand total of 4.79 inches. In Temecula Valley's Wine Country, contributor Jim Sappington also reported 2.67 inches. WeatherCurrents stations in Murrieta and De Luz recorded 3.25 inches and 3.20 inches, respectively. Of the WeatherCurrents stations, only Anza and San Diego (City Heights) recorded grand totals of less than one inch. Totals for Lake Elsinore are currently inaccurate due to a suspected clogged rain gauge at WeatherCurrents' station there. The rains also boosted season totals across the region to well above normal for this point in the water year.

Here are the rain totals for the WeatherCurrents network and associates:

Location Wed Thu Fri-Sat Storm Season Source
East Highland N/A 3.55" 1 1.24"  4.79"  7.25"  Peter Michas
Northwest Murrieta 0.76"  1.37"  1.12"  3.25"  5.97"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.51"  1.05"  1.64"  3.20"  8.26"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.74"  0.94"  1.24"  2.92"  5.69"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.75"  1.03"  0.97"  2.75"  5.12"  Reginald Stanley
Perris 0.92"  0.90"  0.91"  2.73"  4.80"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country N/A N/A N/A 2.67"  6.25"  Jim Sappington
San Bernardino 0.75"  0.74"  1.11"  2.60"  7.01"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.65"  0.75"  1.20"  2.60"  5.93"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.30"  1.28"  1.00"  2.58" 2 6.41"  Monty Parrott
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.52"  0.88"  1.14"  2.54"  6.84"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.67"  1.03"  0.84"  2.54"  5.56"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.43"  0.65"  1.25"  2.33"  6.36"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.19"  1.28"  0.85"  2.32"  5.00"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.58"  0.94"  0.78"  2.30"  5.13"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.05"  0.03"  1.99"  2.07" 3 5.72"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.33"  0.05"  1.36"  1.74"  5.39"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.32"  0.03"  1.32"  1.67"  5.04"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.40"  0.19"  0.96"  1.55"  4.00"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 0.09"  0.20"  0.29"  0.58"  2.50"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 0.23"  0.00"  0.10"  0.33"  2.34"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Total of 3.55 inches is a combined total for both Wednesday and Thursday.
  2. Totals are reported as of 1700 hours each day.
  3. Lake Elsinore storm total likely higher due to suspected rain gauge clog.
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