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Storm Totals: November 30th - December 1st, 2007 (updated)

Posted December 2, 2007, 2:48 PM.

Subtropical moisture found its way to Western Riverside and Northern San Diego Counties from Friday to Saturday mornings, and the result were some of the biggest one day rain totals recorded.

Rainfall ranged from just under 2" to the north in Riverside to 4.51" in one Temecula location, falling off to 3.38" in Fallbrook.

After more than a year of drought conditions, as well as major fires, the rain was most welcome, although some flooding was reported.

The rainfall totals appeared to ignore the more normal orthographic patterns of storms from the west, in which the inland valleys see decreasing rainfall towards the east. For instance, Fallbrook and De Luz usually get more than Temecula and Murrieta.

This time, Temecula was where the rain really fell. More rain fell on Friday (4.23") than in two prior entire rainfall seasons this decade, 2006-2007 (3.75") and 2001-2002 (3.87"). The prior one day record for Temecula, dating back to 2000, was 2.27" on January 9th, 2005.

Fallbrook's 3.35" on Friday was just short of 3.48" on January 9th, 2005. Likewise, Murrieta's Friday total of 2.99" was short of 3.06" on October 27th, 2004. In additon, Hemet's 2.62" was not as much as 2.98" on March 15th, 2003. Lake Elsinore's 2.21" was second to 2.5" on February 21, 2005. Friday totals for all four communities were the second highest ever.

Friday's totals for Menifee Valley (Sun City), Riverside (Canyon Crest), Perris, San Jacinto, and De Luz were all station records. Unlike the Temecula weather station, none of those stations have been in operation more than three years.

The following storm totals were recorded:

Location Total  Friday  Saturday  Season  Source
Southeast Temecula 4.51"  N/A  N/A  N/A  Jim Sappington
South Temecula 4.34"  4.23"  0.11"  4.69"  WeatherCurrents
Central Hemet 4.0"  N/A  N/A  N/A  Bill Stewart
Central Temecula 3.76"  N/A  N/A  4.08"  Keith Newman
South Fallbrook 3.38"  3.07"  0.31"  4.19"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula (Crowne Hill) 3.49"  3.45"  0.04"  3.69"  Bob Walton
Fallbrook (Gird Road) 3.36"  N/A  N/A  4.17"  R.C. Blankenhorn
De Luz 3.05"  3.02"  0.03"  4.05"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 3.00"  2.99"  0.01"  3.40"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 2.77"  2.62"  0.15"  2.90"  WeatherCurrents
Sun City 2.48"  2.44"  0.04"  2.87"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Lake Elsinore 2.24"  2.21"  0.03"  3.32"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 2.03"  1.95"  0.08"  2.39"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside 1.96"  1.94"  0.02"  2.23"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 1.80"  1.70"  0.10"  2.27"  CWOP 3539/WeatherCurrents

Data for San Jacinto for the storm was taken from a nearby station, CWOP 3539. The rain gauge for San Jacinto was damaged in the October sandstorm there and has yet to be repaired.

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