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Spring storm brings record rainfall to areas of Southland

April 13, 2012 | 10:01 pm

Rain in Laguna Beach

A spring storm made Friday the rainiest April 13 on record in downtown Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service. Records were also set in other parts of Southern California.

The downtown area received 0.48 inches of rainfall, breaking the old record of 0.29 inches set in 1956.

The cold front brought some small hail to Santa Clarita and Pasadena, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist. Snow fell as low as the 4,000-foot level.

Hail was also reported in several areas of Orange County, and a water spout was briefly spotted off San Clemente on Friday afternoon.

The wet weather brought an increase in reported collisions on Los Angeles County freeways, according to the California Highway Patrol. From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, there were 366 reported collisions, compared with 138 during the same period April 6, when there was no rain, said CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo.

"With the rain, people need to leave a little bit earlier because there are more collisions," Sauquillo said.

Showers are expected to continue throughout the region well into the night, Seto said. Snow showers, sometimes heavy, will remain a possibility overnight in the mountains, as will scattered thunderstorms at lower elevations, the weather service said.

Other areas with record-breaking totals of precipitation Friday included:

  • Long Beach Airport: 0.44 inches, breaking the old record of 0.07 inches set in 1976
  • Bob Hope Airport (Burbank): 0.89 inches, breaking the old record of 0.36 inches set in 1976
  • Lancaster: 0.72 inches, breaking the old record of 0.22 inches set in 1998
  • Camarillo: 0.56 inches, breaking the old record of 0.31 inches set in 2003
  • Santa Maria Airport: 0.94 inches, breaking the old record of 0.43 inches set in 2003
  • Paso Robles Airport: 1.36 inches, breaking the old record of 0.53 inches set in 2003.


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Photo: Celine Allen, left, and Priscilla Lopez wrestle with their wind-whipped umbrellas during a chilly stroll Friday along the rain-soaked Main Beach boardwalk in Laguna Beach. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times