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Storm Totals: January 8th-10th, 2018

By Reginald Stanley. Posted January 11, 2018, 11:59 PM.

The first significant storm of the season drenched the region this week with much-needed rain and mountain snow.

Showers began on Monday, however the heaviest rain fell on Tuesday the 8th. Storm totals for Monday through Wednesday ranged from just under four inches in Temecula and Wine Country, to 1 3/4 inches in Riverside. For most of the region, the storm marked the most significant rain since February 2017. The National Weather Service issued Flash Flood Watches in the valleys, and Winter Storm Warnings for the mountains. Snow levels fell to approximately 6,000 feet above sea level - the first significant snow of the season for mountain communities. Rain rates were highest early Tuesday morning as the brunt of the storm arrived. Bouts of heavy rain continued throughout the day, tapering off to light showers by Wednesday morning before departing completely.

Storm totals were over three inches in foothill communities such as Beaumont (Cherry Valley), De Luz and Fallbrook, as well as the high-elevation town of Anza to the east. The highest totals were recorded in Temecula and nearby Wine Country, however, with 3.84 inches reported by Jim Sappington, and 3.63 inches in South Temecula. Most other communities received between 2 and 3 inches of rain over three days. Pinon Hills, on the drier side of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, recorded the lowest total with 1.47 inches. Other notable totals were 2.97 inches in Yucaipa (courtesy of Don Kramer) and 2.93 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas).

Rain gauge clogs at WeatherCurrents stations were suspected in Wildomar, Riverside (Orangecrest) and San Diego (City Heights). We're working to unclog the gauges at those stations and correct the precipitation totals.

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

Location Storm Season Source
Temecula Valley Wine Country 3.84"  4.93"  Jim Sappington
South Temecula 3.63"  4.15"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 3.61"  4.40"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 3.56"  4.03"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 3.19"  3.39"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 3.09"  3.68"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 3.06"  3.21"  WeatherCurrents
Yucaipa 2.97"  N/A Don Kramer
East Highland 2.93"  4.41"  Peter Michas
Northwest Murrieta 2.80"  3.30"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 2.24"  3.06"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 2.21"  2.56"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 2.16"  2.72"  Reginald Stanley
Perris 2.05"  3.00"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 2.00"  2.14"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 1.95"  2.29"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 1.79"  3.28"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Orangecrest) 1.79" 1 2.10"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 1.73"  2.32"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 1.59" 1 1.77"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 1.47"  1.63"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.46" 1 1.62"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Totals may be inaccurate due to rain gauge clogs.
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