Environment & Science

Downtown LA has had its 4 driest consecutive rain seasons in history

Just 8.52 inches of rain fell in the season that ended Tuesday — a little over half of the normal. But winter may bring some relief.
Just 8.52 inches of rain fell in the season that ended Tuesday — a little over half of the normal. But winter may bring some relief.
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Downtown Los Angeles has ended the 2014-2015 rain season with another significant shortfall. Just 8.52 inches of rain fell in the season that ended Tuesday — only 57 percent of the normal 14.93 inches.

The National Weather Service says downtown L.A. has now had the driest four consecutive rain seasons on record. In those four seasons, combined rainfall was more than 30 inches below normal.

"Basically, each year we've had less than 10 inches of rainfall," Stewart Seto of the NWS told KPCC. 

"The only hope is that things may change this winter," he said. "The outlook for the three-month period for January, February, March [has] our best chances to be slightly above normal on rainfall."

As for this holiday weekend, Southern California may get a break from the heat. 

"It looks like we have a little cooling trend over the Fourth of July weekend — temperatures going down about five, six degrees," said Seto. 

The NWS notes that the official "water year" now runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, but rain season records in downtown L.A. since 1877 have traditionally been from July 1 through June 30.

This post has been updated.