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Storm Totals: December 31st, 2022 - January 1st, 2023

By Reginald Stanley. Posted January 2, 2023, 3:02 PM.

A powerful Pacific storm rolled into Southern California on New Years Eve and lasted through the following morning on New Years Day, bringing widespread rain and high-elevation snow.

A strong band of rain swept down the state throughout the day on New Years Eve, reaching the southern portion of the state during the evening and bringing the heaviest rainfall throughout the night and into the early morning hours of the New Year. The storm continued a pattern of wet, unsettled weather the region has been experiencing since after Christmas and was set to continue even further for at least the first week of 2023. Storm totals were mostly between one and two inches across the WeatherCurrents network, with East Hemet being a particularly wet exception at 2.38 inches recorded there. High totals were also reported in Yucaipa and East Highland, where separate totals of 2.35 inches and 2.19 inches were recorded, respectively (courtesy of Don Kramer and Peter Michas). A total of 1.40 inches was reported in Temecula Valley's Wine Country (courtesy of Jim Sappington).

Perris recorded the driest total, with only 0.46 inches. San Jacinto's total of 0.95 inches stands in stark contrast to its neighboring East Hemet station, which received more than double the rainfall. Cold, cloudy, unsettled weather continued for the remainder of New Years Day, with some residual showers occurring sporadically throughout the day. Yet another storm, a colder one, was due to bring more rain and mountain snow to the region yet again late Monday and early Tuesday, with even more unsettled weather later in the week.

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

Location Storm Season Source
East Hemet 2.38"  6.81"  WeatherCurrents
Yucaipa 2.35"  N/A Don Kramer
East Highland 2.19"  8.90"  Peter Michas
Pinon Hills 1.56"  5.49"  WeatherCurrents
Anza 1.55"  7.09"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 1.45"  8.27"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 1.40"  8.26"  Jim Sappington
Northwest Murrieta 1.36"  7.53"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 1.15"  5.55"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 1.13"  6.12"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 1.09"  5.61"  WeatherCurrents
Central Murrieta 1.09"  6.36"  Reginald Stanley
French Valley 0.96"  5.77"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.95"  4.26"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.46"  3.09"  WeatherCurrents
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