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Yes, December has been really wet in Los Angeles

Don’t expect record December rainfall in downtown Los Angeles—the city won’t reach the 1889 deluge totaling 15.8 inches.

But this December is expected to be an impressive second best. So far this month, 8.52 inches have fallen, creeping ever so closely to the 8.77 inches of 2004.

That mark should be surpassed Saturday if a moderate shower system arrives as scheduled. And then there’s another rain system expected about Tuesday.

“All we need is a quarter of an inch to pass 8.77 and it’s looking likely,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Saturday’s approaching rain is not expected to equal the duration or intensity of the storms of the last seven days. And if you thought L.A. was wet, get thee to the San Gabriel Mountains weather station in Tanbark, north of Azusa, where 24.7 inches have fallen in the last week.

So far, 9.99 inches have fallen in Los Angeles since the official start of this year’s rain tabulation on July 1. That’s 6.88 inches above normal.

Several weather stations have established December records:

Los Angeles International Airport: 7.68 inches (previous record: 6.49 in 2004)
Long Beach Airport: 8.91 inches (previous record: 5.29 in 1971)
Camarillo: 6.01 inches (previous record: 5.32 from 1964)
Santa Barbara: 8.59 inches (previous record 6.78 from 1945)

The cooler storm of the last few days also brought the season’s first major snowfall to local slopes. The Mountain High resort area received 1 to 2 feet of snow.


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