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Storm totals: April 6th-9th, 2011

Posted April 11, 2011, 9:51 PM.

A pair of storms, one very weak and the other cold and very much like a winter storm, led to the first rainfall of April in the inland valleys of Southern California. The storms followed a wet March finale that led local meteorologists to declare this to be the wettest La Nina rain season on record.

Rainfall was light to moderate for each of the days, and strongest on Thursday and Saturday.

Snow levels plummeted to about 2,000 feet Friday night and Saturday night, leaving a dusting of snow in the pass area, in Beaumont. Moreno Valley reported soft hail (graupel) on Saturday, and sleet on Friday evening. French Valley had hail on Friday.

The storm featured the lowest April totals in at least the past dozen years, with April minimum temperature records falling at all WeatherCurrents locations.

Beaumont, which had a couple rounds of snowfall, recorded the highest total, at 0.70", far more than any location on the valley floor.

Wildomar was next, with 0.33", followed by De Luz at 0.29" and Lake Elsinore at 0.28".

The smallest amounts of rain fell in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Hemet (all with 0.15").

Following the rains, inland valley locations were at 1.5 to 2 times the average seasonal rainfall, the wettest season since the torrential 2004-2005 season. The next wettest rain season in Southern California was in the 1990's.

The rain could be the last for a while, as warmer weather was predicted to take over for at least a week.

The following rainfall totals were recorded Wednesday through Saturday:

Location Storm  Season  Source
Beaumont 0.70"  21.07"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.33"  19.35"1  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.28"  24.15"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.29"  31.15"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.29"  24.94"  Jim Sappington
South Temecula 0.27"  22.45"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.27"  20.30"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.25"  17.26"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.25"  16.99"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee 0.25"  14.77"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.23"  23.35"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.21"  18.75"  Monty Parrott
East Murrieta 0.19"  16.61"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.15"  16.12"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.15"  14.18"  WeatherCurrents
San Bernardino 0.15"  5.67"2  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.06"  10.92"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Wildomar totals are not complete for October.
  2. San Bernardino totals began February 11, 2011.
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