Recent storm shatters several rain records in the LA area

A sustained storm this week soaked the Los Angeles area with as much as 9 inches of rain, breaking half a dozen daily rainfall records in the county Thursday – including an 85-year-old in downtown.

More than 2 1/2 inches of rain (2.57 to be exact) was measured in downtown LA, which broke the old Dec. 30 record of 1.85 from 1936, according to National Weather Service.

Los Angeles International Airport received 3.12 inches during the 24-hour period, more than doubling the December 1 record of 1 1/2 inches set in 1981.

Further south down the 405 Freeway, Long Beach Airport was soaked with 2.07 inches, which was also more than double the previous record amount of rainfall for the day. The total beat the previous high of 0.98 from 40 years ago.

In the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Burbank Airport recorded 1.96 inches of rainfall – over an inch more than the previous highest amount for the day. The total daily rainfall broke the 70-year-old record of 0.84 inches

Two daily rainfall records fell in the Antelope Valley: In Lancaster, 1.17-inch General William J. Fox Airfield was recorded, erasing the old December 30 record of 0.41-inches from 1951; and in Palmdale, the local airport received 0.85 inches of rain, beating the 70-year-old daily record of 0.38.

The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office also handles Ventura County, and two rain records on Dec. 30 were broken there Thursday.

The Camarillo experienced 1.89 inches of rain, surpassing the previous high of the day at 1.29 inches. Meanwhile, the NWS’s office in Oxnard recorded 2.10 inches of rain, beating the previous record – also 1.29 inches. The old records for both areas stood for 70 years.

Many areas of Los Angeles County received several inches of rainfall over a period of three days from the storm system.

The highest number of days in the county was at Cogswell Dam in the San Gabriel Mountains, where just over 9 inches fell, according to weather service data. Woodland Hills, meanwhile, received an impressive 7.37 inches of rain.

Several other areas recorded a total of 4 to 6 inches from the storm before clear skies returned to the area again Friday morning.


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