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April Recap: Average Despite Extremes But Generally Dry

Posted May 6, 2009, 10:00 PM.

Despite some hot days exceeding one hundred degrees and a few cold mornings in the inland valleys, on average, April turned up average.

Except that the month was dry, continuing a trend that began in the latter part of February.

Rainfall in most communities totaled just a few hundreds of an inch.

An April 10th storm made the San Jacinto and Menifee Valleys the major exceptions, with showers dropping 0.61" in Hemet, 0.28" in San Jacinto, and 0.19" in Menifee. Hemet had enough rainfall to be at about 60% of normal for the month.

Some of the wetter areas, such as Fallbrook and Temecula, had 0.02" and 0.07" for the month, respectively. Normal April rainfall for both locations is just under an inch.

Normal rainfall for April in the inland valleys for longer running WeatherCurrents stations ranges from about 0.60" (Menifee) to 1.03" (Hemet).

April rain totals for WeatherCurrents stations were as follows:

Location April Total  Normal  Season 
De Luz 0.02"  0.27"2  12.37" 
Fallbrook 0.02"  0.91"3  10.65" 
Hemet (East) 0.61"  1.06"4  7.68" 
Lake Elsinore 0.00"  0.83"3  11.05" 
Moreno Valley 0.03"  0.03"5  6.92" 
Menifee (Sun City) 0.19"  0.60"3  7.10" 
Murrieta 2.39"  0.69"4  11.37" 
Perris 0.09"  0.05"5  6.24" 
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.01"  0.46"6  6.67" 
San Jacinto 0.28"  0.14"5  8.95" 
Temecula 0.07"  0.92"7  11.58" 
Wildomar 0.01"  N/A  9.35"1 
  1. Wildomar precipitation totals began July 20th, 2008.
  2. Three year average from 2007-2009.
  3. Five year average from 2005-2009.
  4. Six year average from 2004-2009.
  5. Two year average from 2008-2009.
  6. Four year average from 2006-2009.
  7. Nine year average from 2001-2009.

The first major heat wave of the spring hit Riverside and San Diego counties April 19th through 21st. Riverside (103.2°F), Temecula (100.9°F), and Lake Elsinore (100.4°F) all topped triple digits on April 20th. Fallbrook narrowly missed the century mark at 99.9°F.

Riverside recorded three days with temperatures over 100°F, and April 21st's 103.2°F was the hottest April temperature recorded at a WeatherCurrents station.

Lake Elsinore recorded the warmest April, followed by Riverside. The coolest April temperatures were in Wildomar and Fallbrook.

April extremes for WeatherCurrents stations were as follows:

Location Maximum  Ave. Max  Minimum  Ave. Min 
Lake Elsinore 100.4°F  77.4°F  37.7°F  46.6°F 
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 103.2°F  75.2°F  43.3°F  51.0°F 
Menifee (Sun City) 98.8°F  74.9°F  38.5°F  46.3°F 
Perris 98.9°F  74.4°F  37.8°F  46.6°F 
Moreno Valley 97.7°F  73.8°F  38.1°F  47.3°F 
Temecula 100.9°F  73.6°F  37.8°F  47.1°F 
Hemet (East) 97.5°F  73.3°F  35.6°F  46.9°F 
Murrieta 97.2°F  73.0°F  38.5°F  47.0°F 
San Jacinto 96.2°F  72.1°F  38.0°F  46.2°F 
De Luz 96.6°F  72.0°F  39.9°F  49.7°F 
Fallbrook 99.9°F  71.7°F  44.3°F  51.0°F 
Wildomar 95.6°F  71.3°F  34.5°F  41.1°F 
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