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Outlook: January probably wetter than normal

Posted January 5, 2011, 1:48 PM.

The latest outlooks from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center predict a wetter than normal January in the inland valleys and throughout Southern California, with temperatures near normal.

Following a very wet December, the wettest in more than a decade, the prediction is a 40% chance of above normal precipitation.

Longer term, however, there's a 33% chance of below normal precipitation for the winter, and a 33% chance of below normal temperatures, according to the CDC.

The long term prediction follow a strong La Nina condition in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The condition would normally suppress rainfall in our area and send it to the north, but that hasn't happened so far this season. Instead, we've received steady rain in October and November, and torrential rain in December.

As a result, most locations in the inland valleys are already at or above the expected rainfall for an entire season. January and February are typically the two wettest months. The season ends June 30th.

Here's what's normal for the month of January, by community:

Location Precip. High
De Luz 3.78"  65°F 
Fallbrook 4.28"  67°F 
Hemet 2.52"  65°F 
Lake Elsinore 2.77"  67°F 
Menifee 2.70"  66°F 
Murrieta 3.59"  67°F 
Riverside 1.90"  67°F 
Temecula 2.70"  69°F 

Note: normals are used for communities with five or more years of data.

Temperature Outlook Jan 2011

Temperature outlook for January

Precipitation Outlook Jan 2011

Precipitation outlook for January

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