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Storm Totals: January 19th-24th, 2017

By Reginald Stanley. Posted January 27, 2017, 11:37 PM.

A barrage of wet winter storms hit Southern California over the last week, resulting in the wettest storm period in nearly seven years in the region.

The first storm arrived from the north on Thursday, dropping most of its rain Thursday morning. Rain amounts from that storm averaged around 1/2 of an inch. A larger, wetter storm arrived on Friday, bringing two-to-three times as much rain with it. Rain was steady through most of the day, resulting in temporary power outages in some communities such as San Jacinto. Combined rain totals for Thursday and Friday were between 1 1/2 inches and just under 4 inches, with Fallbrook and De Luz leading the way with totals of 3.67 inches and 3.59 inches respectively. Riverside's Presidential Park recorded the lowest two-day total with 1.62 inches, which is still impressive. Most communities recorded between 2 and 3 inches.

Following a brief break in the weather on Saturday, rain quickly returned overnight as yet another storm entered the region from the north. Sunday was by far the wettest day of the entire series of storms. Flash flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for much of the region Sunday afternoon. Persistent heavy rain, flooding, and debris flows continued throughout Sunday, lessening to showers on Monday and even fewer on Tuesday, before finally departing the region by Wednesday. Totals from Saturday through Tuesday was once again between 1 1/2 inches and just under 4 inches, with the notable exception of De Luz - where an astonishing 5.12 inches fell between Saturday and Tuesday. Rain was significantly less to the south, where only 0.92 inches was recorded in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood. In addition to Sunday's heavy rain - gusty winds accompanied the storm as well, resulting in many downed trees and power poles across the region.

Combined totals for WeatherCurrents communities and contributors from the 19th through the 24th averaged between 3 and 5 inches, however some communities exceeded 6 inches. De Luz came in number one with the largest grand total - 8.71 inches (more than what fell during the entire 2006-07 and 2013-14 rain seasons there). Other significant totals were 6.11 inches in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington), 4.60 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas), and 4.58 inches in East San Jacinto (courtesy of Monty Parrott).

The storms boosted season totals to well-above normal levels to date. De Luz broke the 20" mark on Monday, and many communities are approaching their seasonal rainfall norms - already having exceeded the entire seasonal average. February, which is typically the wettest month of the year, is still ahead.

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

Location Thu-Fri Sat-Tue Total Season Source
De Luz 3.59"  5.12"  8.71"  20.24"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 3.08"  3.84"  6.92"  15.53"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 3.67"  3.01"  6.68"  15.65"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 2.78"  3.33"  6.11"  14.39"  Jim Sappington
Northwest Murrieta 2.51"  3.38"  5.89"  14.39"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 2.48"  2.63"  5.11"  12.64"  WeatherCurrents
San Bernardino 2.24"  2.69"  4.93"  16.06"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 2.43"  2.48"  4.91"  12.89"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 2.15"  2.63"  4.78"  12.26"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 2.21"  2.46"  4.67"  11.83"  Reginald Stanley
East Highland 2.21"  2.39"  4.60"  15.68"  Peter Michas
East San Jacinto 2.23"  2.35"  4.58"  14.36"  Monty Parrott
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 2.31"  2.21"  4.52"  15.13"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 2.39"  2.04"  4.43"  13.46"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 1.91"  2.42"  4.33"  12.32"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 1.62"  2.17"  3.79"  11.24"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 1.91"  1.86"  3.77"  11.67"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 1.76"  1.95"  3.71"  12.66"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 1.66"  1.95"  3.61"  11.52"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 1.68"  1.40"  3.08"  9.94"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 1.75"  0.92"  2.67"  7.84"  WeatherCurrents
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