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Storm Totals: February 26th-28th, 2018

By Reginald Stanley. Posted February 28, 2018, 11:40 PM.

A cold winter storm brushed through the region this week, bringing only the second bout of notable rain during what has been a largely dry winter.

This storm was made even more significant by the particularly cold temperatures associated with the storm. Snow levels fell down to between 3,500 and 4,000 feet Tuesday morning. The heaviest rain fell early Tuesday morning, or just before midnight west of Los Angeles. Thunderstorms, featuring prominent hail, were also reported in many inland communities Tuesday morning as the upper low moved directly over the region, creating conditions for instability. Storm totals for most communities were between 1/3 and 2/3 of an inch, however French Valley was a notable exception, where 1.01 inches fell. Riverside (Presidential Park) also recorded a notable total of 0.89 inches. On the drier side of the storm, Simi Valley recorded the lowest total in the WeatherCurrents network with just 0.14 inches. To the east, Anza recorded only 0.16 inches. This is typical for Anza as most of their annual rainfall comes from monsoonal thunderstorms during the summer months.

WeatherCurrents contributors also reported rainfall - from 0.53 inches in Temecula Valley Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington), 0.50 inches in East Highland (courtesy of Peter Michas), and 0.49 inches in nearby Yucaipa (courtesy of Don Kramer).

Despite the rainfall, this event remains a drop in the bucket in an otherwise dry rainy season. The only other significant rain occurred from a storm in January. Season totals continue to be well below-normal to date. More rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday as another storm enters the region, with totals for the valleys currently predicted to be less than one inch, with totals trending lower further south.

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

Location Storm Season Source
French Valley 1.01"  4.36"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.89"  3.24"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.64"  4.45"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.53"  5.59"  Jim Sappington
East Highland 0.50"  5.74"  Peter Michas
Yucaipa 0.49"  N/A Don Kramer
San Diego (City Heights) 0.48"  2.36"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.45"  2.22"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.45"  4.72"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.42"  4.60"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 0.42"  3.19"  Reginald Stanley
San Jacinto 0.41"  2.64"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.38"  3.90"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.31"  3.63"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.31"  2.08"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.30"  3.33"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Orangecrest) 0.30"  2.42"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.24"  3.36"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.19"  2.95"  WeatherCurrents
Pinon Hills 0.19"  1.82"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 0.16"  4.69"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.14"  2.51"  WeatherCurrents
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