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Storm Totals: December 17th-18th, 2008

Posted December 19, 2008, 8:09 AM.

The second strong storm of the week blew into Southern California on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving 1-2" inches of rain in most inland locations, and sprinkling some higher locations in Temescal Valley with an inch or two of snow.

Rainfall was moderate and steady in most communities for most of Wednesday, coming down from the morning all the way through early Thursday morning. Rain was heaviest in the late morning, and again in the late afternoon and early evening, especially between 4pm and 9pm.

The Temecula Valley stations led the way for this storm, with Murrieta registering 2.14" and Temecula at 2.06". Lake Elsinore was next with 1.73", then Menifee at 1.64" and San Jacinto at 1.62".

All WeatherCurrents communities received more than inch. At the bottom was Riverside at 1.12", Hemet at 1.19", and Fallbrook, surprisingly, at 1.44". Fallbrook is usually near or at the top for most storms.

For non-WeatherCurrents locations, a whopping 2.30" was recorded in the Temecula Valley Wine Country.

In eastern San Jacinto, the rain was reportedly mixed with sleet.

We've received pictures of the snowfall in Horsethief Canyon Ranch later on Wednesday and will be publishing them shortly. Snow there fell to around the 1,200 foot level. In areas around Lake Elsinore that didn't get snowfall, the western Santa Ana mountain range was blanketed in white.

Most of the snow was above 2,000 feet.

The following storm totals were recorded Wednesday and Thursday:

Location Storm Total  Season  Source
Temecula Valley Wine Country 2.30"  6.75"  Jim Sappington
Northwest Murrieta 2.14"  6.02"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 2.06"  6.38"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 1.78"  4.99"  Monty Parrott
Lake Elsinore 1.73"  5.22"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 1.64"  3.88"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 1.62"  4.75"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 1.59"2  3.88"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 1.57"  4.49"1  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 1.57"  3.98"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook (Canonita) 1.50"  5.85"  R.C. Blankenhorn
De Luz 1.49"  6.28"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 1.44"  5.94"  WeatherCurrents
Central Temecula 1.35"  4.80"  Keith Newman
East Hemet 1.19"  3.96"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 1.12"  3.40"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Wildomar precipitation totals began July 20th, 2008.
  2. Perris precipitation totals have been adjusted after a rain gauge clog.

Note that the De Luz rain total for this storm was corrected to match on site, manual rain gauges. The De Luz rain gauge is currently inoperable.

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