March 21, 8 AM PDT Update: The National Weather Service reports that numerous daily rainfall records were broken by wide margins. In addition, it was the:
- Wettest all-time calendar day at Santa Barbara
- Second wettest all-time and wettest for the month of March at Camarillo
- Wettest March day at Palmdale
- Second wettest March day at Sandberg
- Third wettest March day at Los Angeles Airport
STATION RAINFALL ON PREVIOUS YEARIn the San Diego area, the 1.09" at Fullerton broke the record of 0.95" set in 1954.
MARCH 20 2011 RECORD
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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES 2.42 INCHES 1.48 INCHES 1943
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT 2.36 INCHES 1.04 INCHES 1992
BURBANK AIRPORT 3.85 INCHES 1.15 INCHES 1973
PALMDALE AIRPORT 1.29 INCHES 0.50 INCHES 1973
LANCASTER AIRPORT 1.48 INCHES 0.74 INCHES 1992
SANDBERG 3.29 INCHES 1.33 INCHES 1992
SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT 5.23 INCHES 0.90 INCHES 1991
CAMARILLO AIRPORT 4.91 INCHES 2.26 INCHES 1954
OXNARD NWS 4.21 INCHES 2.26 INCHES 1954
SANTA MARIA AIRPORT 3.46 INCHES 0.74 INCHES 1958
PASO ROBLES AIRPORT 2.02 INCHES 0.77 INCHES 1992
AT SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT...YESTERDAY WAS THE WETTEST CALENDAR DAY ON
RECORD...AS THE 5.23 INCHES OF RAIN WHICH FELL EXCEEDED THE PREVIOUS
RECORD OF 4.74 INCHES RECORDED ON MARCH 15TH 2003.
AT CAMARILLO AIRPORT...YESTERDAY WAS THE WETTEST CALENDAR DAY ON
RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH...WITH 4.91 INCHES OF RAIN. THE PREVIOUS
RECORD WAS MARCH 8TH 1968...WHEN 4.60 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. IT WAS THE
2ND WETTEST CALENDAR DAY EVER AT CAMARILLO AIRPORT...FOLLOWING
JANUARY 26TH 1956...WHEN 5.96 INCHES OF RAIN WAS REPORTED.
AT PALMDALE AIRPORT...YESTERDAY WAS THE WETTEST MARCH DAY EVER
RECORDED. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 1.20 INCHES...SET MARCH 7TH 1952.
AT SANDBERG...IT WAS THE 2ND WETTEST CALENDAR DAY EVER FOR THE
MONTH OF MARCH. THE WETTEST MARCH DAY IN SANDBERG WAS MARCH 28TH
1993...WHEN 3.38 INCHES OF RAIN WAS REPORTED.
AT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT...YESTERDAY WAS THE 3RD WETTEST MARCH DAY
ON RECORD...BEHIND MARCH 7TH 1968 ON WHICH 3.10 INCHES OF RAIN
FELL...AND MARCH 1ST 1983 ON WHICH 2.55 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.
To the north, in the San Joaquin Valley, records were also widespread:
THE STORM SYSTEM THAT DRENCHED THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA INTERIORIn the San Francisco Bay area, Salinas set a new record of 0.97", doubling the old record of 0.48" in 2006. Salinas climate records began in 1930.
ON SUNDAY PRODUCED 1.82 INCHES OF RAIN AT THE FRESNO YOSEMITE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS SHATTERED THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
1.22 INCHES FOR THE DATE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED MORE THAN A
HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN 1893.
AT MEADOWS FIELD AIRPORT IN BAKERSFIELD...RAINFALL TOTALED
0.89 INCHES SUNDAY. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR MARCH
20TH OF 0.87 INCHES WHICH OCCURRED IN 1973.
OTHER 24-HOUR RAINFALL RECORDS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FOR
MARCH 20TH INCLUDE 1.63 INCHES AT THE MERCED MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...
1.27 INCHES IN HANFORD...AND 1.41 INCHES IN MADERA.
The strong Pacific storm pounding Southern California on Sunday is setting at least one all-time rainfall record. The Weather Channel twitches that the all-time daily rainfall record at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA) is 4.74" on 3/15/2003. The 4.59" reported through 6 pm local time has been augmented by 4 more consecutive hours of rainfall, resulting in an unofficial total through 10 pm of 5.24". This not only smashes the all-time record by half an inch, but it's also nearly 6 times the old March 20 daily record of 0.90" in 1991.
Normal precipitation for the entire month of March in Santa Barbara is 3.59"; climate records began in 1941.
Both Los Angeles airport (KLAX) and downtown (KCQT) had set daily records by 6 pm. The airport has received at least half an inch of additional rainfall since that time, and downtown has added about 0.8".
Update to be posted when final amounts are available.