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December rain puts many locations above season averages; more on way by Sunday evening

Posted January 2, 2011, 11:54 AM.

The very wet month of December resulted in many WeatherCurrents locations being above their season averages.

And, of course, we're not done yet. January and February are typically the wettest months of the year, and significant rainfall can sometimes last through April.

And the first storm of 2011 is on the way Sunday night, with predictions of between a quarter and a half of an inch of rainfall, mostly coming tonight and tomorrow morning. The first wave of the storm was expected to arrive by 5pm Sunday evening. Showers were predicted through early Tuesday morning.

By the end of December, De Luz, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Riverside, San Jacinto and Temecula had already exceeded their entire season averages, and nearly all of the other location were close to theirs.

The strong pre-Christmas storm was credited with the outsized rainfall totals, although rain had started back in October.

Rainfall was running two to four times the normal to date.

Location Dec. 2010  Season to date  Normal to date  Normal season1 
De Luz 16.16"  21.75"  N/A  13.04"3 
Fallbrook 11.12"  15.74"  6.02"  16.40" 
French Valley 8.91"  11.13"  N/A  N/A 
Hemet 8.01"  10.78"  5.08"  12.24" 
Lake Elsinore 13.38"  16.26"  3.65"  10.41"3 
Menifee 7.30"  9.38"  2.67"  7.22"3 
Moreno Valley 10.33"  12.36"  N/A  10.39"3 
Murrieta 10.64"  12.76"  5.60"  15.42" 
Perris 7.99"  9.62"  N/A  8.38"3 
Riverside 8.94"  10.34"  N/A  6.60"3 
San Jacinto 8.49"2  10.55"2  N/A  6.72"3 
Temecula 12.18"  15.26"  5.60"  13.23" 
Wildomar 8.49"2  10.58"2  N/A  14.07"3 
  1. Does not include the current 2010-2011 season
  2. Rain totals for 2010-2011 are not complete
  3. Season average computed from less than five seasons and may not be accurate
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