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Storm totals: November 20th-22nd, 2010 (updated)

Posted November 22, 2010, 5:50 PM.

A strong, cold Gulf of Alaska storm, with elements of sub-tropical moisture, brought gusty winds and substantial rainfall to the inland valleys over the weekend. The rain came in two waves, the first (and strongest) on Saturday morning and afternoon, and the second on Sunday morning.

Rainfall did not measure up to predictions, however. Just before the storm, predictions were raised to between one and two inches for the inland valleys, based partially on the absorption of a sub-tropical system.

Only De Luz and the Temecula Valley Wine Country lived up to the predictions. De Luz recorded 1.83" over the three days of the storm. Next was the Temecula Valley Wine Country, with 1.14".

Fallbrook, at 0.98", was next, and was more representative of rain totals that ranged from about a third of an inch to near an inch.

Murrieta received 0.94", French Valley got 0.89", Temecula at 0.88", East San Jacinto received 0.88", Hemet got 0.78", Wildomar received 0.74", Lake Elsinore recorded 0.68", and Moreno Valley got 0.61".

Perris was at the bottom with 0.31", with Riverside (0.46") and Menifee (0.47") also under a half of an inch.

Mountain resorts in the San Bernardino mountains reported between 3 and 4 inches of snow.

Additional rain was predicted for Tuesday afternoon, and another storm was brewing for the weekend. The Tuesday storm was estimated at about a tenth of an inch, and strength for Saturday and Sunday were not yet clear.

Against normal-to-date totals, Fallbrook, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and Temecula were more than an inch over. Lake Elsinore and Fallbrook were both over two inches above normal. Murrieta and Hemet were right near normal.

Data from WeatherCurrents' San Jacinto station continued to be unavailable due to equipment problems there. An attempted fix was made on Saturday afternoon but didn't hold.

The following rainfall totals were recorded Monday:

Location Storm  Season  Normal  Source
De Luz 1.83"  5.31"  N/A  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 1.14"  3.43"  N/A  Jim Sappington
Eastern Murrieta 1.07"  2.52"  N/A  Reginald Stanley
South Fallbrook 0.98"  4.33"  1.98"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.94"  1.99"  2.04"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.89"  2.09"  N/A  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.88"  2.98"  1.51"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.88"  2.59"  N/A  Monty Parrott
South Fallbrook (Canonita) 0.80"  3.76"  N/A  R.C. Blankenhorn
East Hemet 0.78"  2.60"  2.59"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.74"  1.45"1  N/A  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.68"  2.62"  0.53"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.61"  1.68"  N/A  WeatherCurrents
Menifee 0.47"  1.94"  0.51"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.46"  1.07"  N/A  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.31"  1.51"  N/A  WeatherCurrents
  1. Wildomar totals are not complete for October.
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