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Rain to leave Southern California, June gloom to stay

June 6, 2011 |  8:29 am

Isolated showers continued Monday morning over Mt. Wilson, Malibu and parts of Ventura County, but the unseasonal rain was expected to move out by noon, the National Weather Service said.

June gloom, however, is just going to get gloomier. Below-normal temperatures are predicted for the rest of the month.

Already, it is the wettest June ever in Santa Barbara. Rainfall on Sunday measured 1.24 inches, breaking the old record for the month, set in 2009, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

Los Angeles recorded trace amounts of rainfall.

"This was a very unusual storm," Seto said. "Normally we have a high pressure front out west that blocks a lot of lows from coming in from the Pacific Northwest."

It was also a very slow-moving storm, he added.

The national Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md., is forecasting cool weather for Southern California through June 19, although no more rain.

"Once you get through the wet period, it's probably going to dry out," said Ed O'Lenic, chief of the center's operations branch.

Why the weird weather? Unclear.

"The ultimate goal of the atmosphere is unsure," O'Lenic said.


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