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Storm totals: March 25th-26th, 2012

By John C. Toman. Posted March 27, 2012, 9:11 PM.

The second big storm of the month rolled through Southern California this past Sunday and Monday, but despite the rain, season rain totals remain stubbornly below normal.

Depending on the location, rainfall was either heavy or light.

In Simi Valley, where rain began falling Sunday morning, the total was heavy, with 1.91" recorded.

At the other end of the spectrum was the Canyon Crest neighborhood in Riverside, which recorded only 0.11" for the storm. Rain was also scarce to the south, with San Diego's City Heights neighborhood registering just 0.21".

The storm hit most of the region late Sunday afternoon, with moderate to heavy rainfall in Riverside and San Bernardino counties Sunday evening. Showers lingered into early Monday morning.

Other significant storm totals were in Murrieta (1.03"), De Luz (0.94"), Lake Elsinore (0.87"), Beaumont (0.67"), Temecula (0.65"), San Bernardino (0.60") and French Valley (0.60").

For the season, with the wettest part now wrapping up, rain totals remained far below normal. Fallbrook was nearly 8" below normal, Murrieta was over 6" below normal, Temecula was 5" below normal, De Luz almost 5" down, Hemet more than 4" below normal, Lake Elsinore almost 4" below, Riverside 3" below normal, and Menifee about 2" below normal.

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

Location Storm  Season  Source
Simi Valley 1.95"  8.17"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 1.03"  8.09"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.94"  11.15"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.87"  7.81"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.67"  5.85"1  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.65"  7.91"  WeatherCurrents
San Bernardino 0.61"  7.31"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.61"  6.91"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.60"  7.18"  Monty Parrott
East Hemet 0.59"  7.19"  WeatherCurrents
East Murrieta 0.59"  6.40"  Reginald Stanley
Wildomar 0.58"  6.86"  WeatherCurrents
Jurupa Valley 0.54"  4.05"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.53"  8.49"  Jim Sappington
South Fallbrook 0.44"  8.28"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee 0.38"  5.68"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.32"  5.10"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.26"  5.10"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 0.21"  2.92"2  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.11"  4.48"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Beaumont's rain record was restarted after re-location of the weather station there.
  2. The City Heights station began recording rainfall on February 11, 2012.
Rainbow following stormy weather

A rainbow following stormy weather (courtesy Douglas Leany)

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