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Storm Totals: October 9th-10th, 2013 (2nd update)

By Reginald Stanley. Posted October 10, 2013, 9:36 AM.

A cold early-season storm swept through Southern California's inland valleys, bringing rain totals that were mostly higher than expected. Totals ranged from around a quarter of an inch to just under an inch in wetter areas, with most communities recording between 1/3 and 3/4 of an inch. Snow levels came down to about 6,000 feet.

The storm began with drizzle in some communities before noon on Wednesday, turning into steady showers in the early afternoon. Rain was the heaviest in the evening for most areas, tapering off to showers overnight. The storm had left the region by Thursday morning.

Of the nineteen WeatherCurrents stations, Beaumont's Cherry Valley recorded the highest total, with 0.85". Perris, which is normally on the drier side of these storms, was not far behind with 0.78". Other high-end totals were 0.66" in San Bernardino, 0.64" in Northwest Murrieta, and 0.63" in De Luz.

The lowest totals were 0.02" in Simi Valley, and 0.21" in Wildomar. The City Heights rain gauge was clogged during the storm, and the rain gauges at Lake Elsinore and Moreno Valley were experiencing issues. The totals for those stations were corrected using totals from nearby rain gauges at those locations.

Other notable totals include 0.79" in East San Jacinto (courtesy of Monty Parrott), 0.59" in Southeast Wildomar (courtesy of Reginald Stanley, previously in East Murrieta), and 0.55" in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas). Jim Sappington recorded 0.48" in Temecula Valley's Wine Country.

Some residual showers were hanging on to the mountains Thursday morning. A warming trend is expected inland through next week.

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

Location Storm Season Source
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.85"  1.55"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.79"  0.99"  Monty Parrott
Perris 0.78"  2.68"  WeatherCurrents
San Bernardino 0.66"  0.92"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.64"  0.70"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.63"  0.69"  WeatherCurrents
Southeast Wildomar 0.59"  0.59"  Reginald Stanley
East Hemet 0.56"  1.61"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.55"  0.63"  WeatherCurrents
East Highland 0.55"  0.97"  Peter Michas
French Valley 0.49"  0.54"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.48"  0.69"  Jim Sappington
Anza 0.45"  3.77"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.43"1  0.50"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.42"  0.56"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.34"1  0.34"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.34"  0.40"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 0.33"1  0.33"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 0.33"  0.50"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.32"  1.21"  WeatherCurrents
Jurupa Valley 0.31"  0.48"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.21"  0.44"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.02"  0.05"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Corrected totals using nearby rain gauges.
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