Rainfall records set Sunday in parts of Southern California

A Mercedes Benz SUV drives through heavy rains Sunday, March 20, 2011 in the San Fernando Valley.
A Mercedes Benz SUV drives through heavy rains Sunday, March 20, 2011 in the San Fernando Valley. Asim Bharwani/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed)

Sunday's storm set rainfall records for that date in various parts of Los Angeles County, and it also was the wettest March day ever recorded at Palmdale Airport, the National Weather Service reported.

The rainfall was measured at 1.29 inches on Sunday at Palmdale Airport, where the record for a March day had been set at 1.2 inches on March 7, 1952.

Other records were set for March 20 as follows:

  • Downtown Los Angeles, with 2.42 inches, compared with the previous record of 1.48 inches in 1943;
  • Los Angeles International Airport, with 2.36 inches, compared with 1.04 inches in 1992. Yesterday was the third-wettest March day ever at LAX.
  • Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, with 3.85 inches, compared with 1.15 inches in 1973;
  • Lancaster Airport, with 1.48 inches, compared with 0.74 inches in 1992.

NWS preliminary figures from 11 p.m. Sunday in other areas, where records were not set, were:

  • In the valley areas, Newhall had 7.12 inches, Van Nuys 6.60 inches, Northridge 5.92, Chatsworth Reservoir 5.53, Hansen Dam 5.13, Canoga Park 4.72 and Burbank 4.02.
  • In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan areas, Beverly Hills got 4.12 inches, Monte Nido 3.98, Getty Center 3.72, UCLA 3.24, Santa Monica 2.95, Culver City 2.68, Redondo Beach 2.12, Hawthorne 1.86, Torrance 1.84 and Long Beach 1.20.
  • In Orange County, .66 inches were reported at Fullerton Airport, .56 inches at John Wayne Airport, .55 in San Juan Capistrano, .48 in Huntington Beach, .46 in Santa Ana, .41 in Dana Point, .27 in Costa Mesa and .09 in Anaheim.

Forecasters say there is a chance of thundershowers through this afternoon, then the Southland is expected to receive a break on Tuesday.

There is a chance of more rain, but not as heavy, from mid-week on, with temperatures below normal.

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