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Storm Totals: March 20th-21st, 2019

By Reginald Stanley. Posted March 21, 2019, 11:05 PM.

A low pressure system brought unstable weather and thunderstorms to the region on Wednesday and Thursday this week, returning the region to a pattern of wet weather as Spring officially commences.

Scattered thunderstorms began sprouting over the Inland Empire after noon on Wednesday, with several more waves occurring late Wednesday evening and again mid-day Thursday. Due to the unstable nature of the storm, precipitation totals varied greatly. The highest two-day total was 1.17 inches in Hemet, significantly higher than the next highest total of 0.68 inches in Moreno Valley. Other eastern valley locations received similar precipitation totals, including 0.62 inches in Perris and 0.59 inches in San Jacinto. The northern half of the Temecula Valley also observed similar totals, including 0.61 inches in Lake Elsinore, and 0.56 inches in Wildomar. To the south, the typically wet communities of De Luz and Fallbrook received much less rain - with storm totals of only 0.13 and 0.10 inches, respectively. To the northwest, Simi Valley only recorded 0.06 inches, and Pinon Hills recorded the lowest total of just 0.02 inches. Other totals included 0.35 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas), 0.23 inches in Yucaipa (courtesy of Don Kramer), and 0.15 inches in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington) - all reported as of early Thursday morning.

Some residual moisture clung to the mountains Thursday evening, however the majority of shower activity had ended. A slight chance of showers is possible Saturday, while a better chance at rain is currently anticipated around the middle of the following week.

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

Location Storm Season Source
East Hemet 1.17"  20.04"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.68"  14.95"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.62"  12.39"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.61"  23.36"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.59"  13.78"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.56"  5.29" 1 WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.48"  17.87"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.46"  14.74"  Reginald Stanley
French Valley 0.44"  14.03"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.36"  16.65"  WeatherCurrents
East Highland 0.35" 2 22.48"  Peter Michas
Anza 0.27"  18.26"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.26"  13.61"  WeatherCurrents
Yucaipa 0.23" 2 N/A Don Kramer
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.15"  20.03"  Jim Sappington
De Luz 0.13"  23.85"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.13"  18.52"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.10"  20.84"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.06"  17.50"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 0.02"  13.86"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Wildomar season total incomplete.
  2. Totals are through 9 AM Thursday.
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