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Storm Totals: March 21st-23rd, 2018

By Reginald Stanley. Posted March 23, 2018, 10:50 PM.

One of the wettest storms of the season came and went this week, however the storm did not live up to initial hype for most of the region.

Rain arrived early Thursday morning in most communities, while WeatherCurrents stations further northwest of the region began receiving rain Wednesday night. The heaviest bands of rain swept through Thursday morning and late Thursday night, with intermittent showers filling in-between. Totals were originally forecast for two-to-three inches of rainfall inland, due to an anticipated atmospheric moisture tap - however that interaction was weaker than expected, and totals were revised downwards to under an inch of rainfall. Nevertheless, the storm was one of the wettest of the 2017-18 water year in Southern California, a rainy season where not many wet storms occurred at all.

WeatherCurrents' stations in Simi Valley and Pinon Hills benefited most from the storm, with both stations netting the greatest rainfall - 2.05 inches and 1.30 inches, respectively. In East Highland, a modest 0.91 inches was reported (courtesy of Peter Michas) followed by 0.78 inches in East Hemet. 0.44 inches was reported in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington). Most communities received between one and two thirds of an inch of rainfall. The eastern valleys and more southern locations generally received less rainfall. Anza recorded the lowest total with 0.07 inches. WeatherCurrents' station in San Diego's City Heights likely experienced a rain gauge clog, and will be corrected when able.

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

Location Storm Season Source
Simi Valley 2.05"  8.58"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 1.30"  3.69"  WeatherCurrents
East Highland 0.91"  8.44"  Peter Michas
East Hemet 0.78"  7.28"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.67"  7.57"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.56"  4.58"  Reginald Stanley
French Valley 0.54"  6.23"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.50"  6.83"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.44"  6.80"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.44"  7.75"  Jim Sappington
South Fallbrook 0.43"  6.72"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.38"  3.72"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.36"  4.86"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.32"  4.87"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.30"  4.88"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.30"  5.17"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.27"  4.23"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.25"  4.65"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Orangecrest) 0.12"  3.68"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 0.07"  6.03"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 0.01" 1 3.31"  WeatherCurrents
  1. City Heights rain gauge clogged.
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