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L.A. soaker moves out, but rain possible again midweek

February 28, 2010 |  8:26 am


Saturday's storm turned out to be a real soaker, dumping more than 2 inches of rain in some parts of the region.

According to the National Weather Service, Claremont, Santa Anita and the Eaton Dam area each got more than 2 inches of rain. Long Beach, Santa Monica, Burbank, Bel-Air and Whittier got well over 1 inch.

Southern California should see sunny conditions for the next few days. But there is a 30% chance of rain on Wednesday.

Even the most skeptical meteorologists and climatologists now agree that El Niño is alive and kicking and that Southern California should have, at long last, a wetter-than-average winter. And the rains could stretch well into spring.

"February is the wettest month on average, and we can get some pretty significant storms in March, and maybe some in April," said Eric Boldt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Preparations in foothills. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times