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Storm Totals: December 2nd-4th, 2014 (updated)

By Reginald Stanley. Posted December 5, 2014, 8:46 PM.

A series of very wet Pacific storms brought heavy rain to the region this week, and were the first widespread major storms to affect the area in quite some time.

The first storm generally did not live up to expectations, however, most weather stations in the region recorded over 1 inch of rainfall during Tuesday-Wednesday. Simi Valley recorded most of their rainfall on Tuesday, with very little precipitation falling there Wednesday and Thursday. The second storm arrived late Wednesday night, intensifying after midnight. Thursday morning saw periods of heavy rain in many parts of the Inland Empire, mainly in the central Temecula Valley and San Jacinto Valley. San Diego's City Heights neighborhood also reported high rainfall amounts. Both storms tapped into subtropical moisture in the Pacific, bringing more rain and warmer temperatures. Snow levels stayed fairly high as a result, above 7,500 feet above sea level.

The highest three-day storm total was reported in East San Jacinto by Monty Parrott, with an impressive total of 5 inches. In the WeatherCurrents network, Hemet, De Luz, and French Valley recorded the highest three-day storm totals, all in excess of 3 inches. The middle ground of storm totals, as recorded by the majority of WeatherCurrents stations, was between 1.5 and 2.5 inches. The lowest storm totals were recorded in Anza, with only 1.11 inches. Menifee, Perris, and Riverside's Canyon Crest neighborhood were also on the drier side of this week's storms. Other notable totals include 2.60 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas), 2.55 inches in Southeast Wildomar (courtesy of Reginald Stanley), 2.40 inches in Central Temecula (courtesy of Keith Newman), and 1.90 inches in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington).

The final storm had departed by Thursday afternoon, leaving mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures in its wake. A slight chance of showers was predicted for late Friday night as a weak storm quickly passes through the region, but only very light rainfall, if any, is expected.

Lake Elsinore and Jurupa Valley were experiencing rain gauge problems during the storms, and substituted totals from nearby stations were used instead.

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

Location Tue-Thu Season Source
East San Jacinto 5.00"  7.08"  Monty Parrott
East Hemet 3.80"  8.66"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 3.64"  5.55"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 3.37"  4.73"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 2.88"  5.22"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 2.88"  3.97"  WeatherCurrents
East Highland 2.60"  6.62"  Peter Michas
Southeast Wildomar 2.55"  4.15"  Reginald Stanley
Central Temecula 2.40"  N/A Keith Newman
San Bernardino 2.11"  5.28"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 2.01"  2.89"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 1.91"  4.18"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 1.90"  4.64"  Jim Sappington
South Fallbrook 1.86"  3.15"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 1.77"  4.30"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 1.73"  2.90"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 1.64"  2.09"  WeatherCurrents
Jurupa Valley 1.60" 1 3.90"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 1.58"  2.61"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 1.57" 2 1.95"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 1.52"  3.99"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 1.45"  2.49"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 1.22"  3.65"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 1.11"  5.02"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Lake Elsinore and Jurupa Valley borrowed rain totals from nearby stations.
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