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Storm totals: February 19th-20th, 2010

Posted February 21, 2010, 2:34 PM.

The third substantial storm of the month contributed moderately to season totals Friday and Saturday.

Overnight rain totals in the inland valley ranged from 0.15" (East San Jacinto) to 0.68" (Fallbrook). Unlike a lot of the recent storms, but following normal patterns, rainfall was concentrated in the south.

Originally showers were forecast to last through Saturday, but the rain was largely over by mid-morning Saturday, providing a nice break between storms.

The next storm, expected to be similar or less in intensity, was due overnight Sunday.

We're used to getting a lot of rain in February recently. Despite the three storms so far this month, totals for February were running under normal. In Temecula, for instance, 2.68" measured so far was about an inch under a ten year average of 3.62." Hemet was 0.71" below normal for the month, Fallbrook 1.14", Murrieta 1.39", Lake Elsinore 1.50" and Menifee 1.03".

It should be noted that averages for Lake Elsinore and Menifee in particular cover only the last half of the past decade.

Seasonal totals remained well above normal, thanks the strength of storms in December and January.

The Perris rain gauge continued to be inoperable through this latest storm. A wiring problem is the latest suspect there.

The following rainfall totals were recorded for the storm:

Location Storm Totals  Season  Source
South Fallbrook 0.68"  12.29"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.40"  13.70"  Jim Sappington
De Luz 0.36"  14.07"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.31"  14.10"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.31"  11.45"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.30"  13.08"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.28"  13.38"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.28"  11.78"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 0.26"  9.09"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.24"1  8.53"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.20"  11.23"  WeatherCurrents
Eastern Murrieta 0.20"  9.79"  Reginald Stanley
Moreno Valley 0.17"  10.70"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.17"  8.19"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.15"  11.55"  Monty Parrott
  1. Adjusted totals due to rain gauge issues.
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