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Storm Totals: December 22nd, 2008

Posted December 30, 2008, 7:39 PM.

The first official storm of winter arrived just after the solstice, and led to moderate rainfall the Monday before Christmas.

Rain began late Monday morning, and continued off and on into the evening, with the heaviest amounts falling in the late morning, and in the early evening.

Totals from the storm in Riverside and San Diego County's inland valleys ranged from 0.02" in San Jacinto, to a more substantial 0.45" in Fallbrook.

Other significant totals were recorded in the western valleys, with 0.42" in De Luz, 0.37" in Lake Elsinore, 0.27" in Wildomar, 0.25" in Murrieta and 0.24" in Temecula.

The eastern valleys fared the worst, with 0.08" in Moreno Valley, 0.06" in both Menifee and Perris, and 0.04" in both Riverside and Hemet.

A second, stronger storm arrived Christmas Eve and continued through Christmas Day, and is the subject of another news item.

The following storm totals were recorded:

Location Storm Total  Season  Source
South Fallbrook 0.45"  6.39"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook (Canonita) 0.44"  6.29"  R.C. Blankenhorn
De Luz 0.42"  6.70"  WeatherCurrents
Lake Elsinore 0.37"  5.59"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar 0.27"  4.77"1  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.25"  6.28"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.24"  6.62"  WeatherCurrents
Central Temecula 0.20"  5.00"  Keith Newman
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.15"  6.90"  Jim Sappington
Moreno Valley 0.08"  4.06"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.06"  3.94"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 0.06"  3.95"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.05"  5.04"  Monty Parrott
East Hemet 0.04"  4.00"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.04"  3.44"  WeatherCurrents
San Jacinto 0.02"  4.77"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Wildomar precipitation totals began July 20th, 2008.

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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