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Storm Totals: March 15th-16th, 2008

Posted March 19, 2008, 7:57 AM.

An unusually cold (for a late season) storm interrupted what's been a mostly dry March. As a result, popcorn snow (also called graupel) and hail fell in the upper parts of the San Jacinto Valley on Sunday night, where the highest storm totals were recorded.

March is usually one of the wettest months of the year in Southern California, along with February.

Generally, this storm hit harder to the north and the east, with lower totals in the south and the west.

Moreno Valley led the way with 0.58", followed by Hemet with 0.43".

Riverside and Perris were next, with 0.18" and 0.17", respectively. Fallbrook was next with 0.11" recorded.

Some locations received no measurable rainfall. WeatherCurrents' Temecula location, in spite of some sprinkles, did not record any rainfall. Other locations in the Temecula Valley (such as Murrieta with 0.03") did record small amounts of rainfall.

Also near the bottom were De Luz with 0.03" and Sun City with 0.05"

Reports were not available for WeatherCurrents' Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto sites. The Lake Elsinore station was knocked out by a power outage, and the San Jacinto station suffered from damage to its rain gauge sustained in a wind storm earlier this month.

The following storm totals were recorded through Sunday:

Location Storm Total  Season  Source
Moreno Valley 0.58"  3.01"1  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.43"  9.90"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.39"  13.27"  Monty Parrott
Riverside 0.18"  6.79"  WeatherCurrents
Perris 0.17"  6.52"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.11"  15.58"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook (Canonita) 0.08"  15.01"  R.C. Blankenhorn
Sun City 0.05"  7.86"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.03"  16.22"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.03"  12.74"  WeatherCurrents
Central Temecula 0.03"  14.58"  Keith Newman
South Temecula 0.00"  15.32"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Moreno Valley precipitation totals began January 26th, 2008.
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