November 27, 2014

Rainfall Totals: Equinox Storm

 

Following the large winter solstice storm in December, Topanga experienced an unusually dry January and early February — climatologically the wettest months of our rain year that runs July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

GRAPHIC BY ERIC FITZGERALD

Rainfall Totals: Equinox Storm



Normally rain in Topanga starts to taper off by the vernal equinox in March. This year we received another series of storms that dropped a lot of rain in a short period of time. The big storm that hit March 19 - 21 dropped 6.16 inches of rain on my gauge in Fernwood. As usual, Saddle Peak squeezed considerably more moisture out of this storm than comparable rainfall in surrounding low-lying areas. According to the Los Angeles Times, Woodland Hills received 4.77 inches, UCLA 3.36 inches and Los Angeles Civic Center only 2.61 inches of rain for the same three days. These wide discrepancies illustrate the highly localized nature of storm cells coming in off the Pacific Ocean. Subsequent storms have added to the deluge to bring Fernwood’s season total to 30.75 inches of rain — well over the 18.59 inches that are average for the season to March 27, as well as over the average 21.03 inches for our entire rain year.