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February 25, 2014 | By Hector Becerra, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
It's poor form to complain about rain, even a whole lot of it, when you really need it. So Southern California will just have to grin and bear it beginning Wednesday night when the first of two major storms move into the region. The storms are expected to deliver the largest rainfall since the spring of 2011. It comes as Southern California and most of the state struggles through a historically dry stretch. Last year was the driest calendar year in L.A.'s recorded history. Since the beginning of the rain year in July, only 1.2 inches of rain have fallen in downtown L.A. Now it's going to rain -- a lot -- with possibly more than four inches pouring down in some valley and foothill areas as a result of the second storm.
February 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Rong-Gong Lin II
The dry, summer-like weather that has gripped Los Angeles will start to change Tuesday ahead of two much-needed winter storms that are expected to douse the region with rain Wednesday through Friday. The storms could be the wettest L.A. has seen in two years. The last time there was this much rain was March 25, 2012, when 0.91 inch of precipitation fell in downtown. The first storm is expected to begin Wednesday evening and is forecast to drop as much as a quarter-inch of rain in Los Angeles County.
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Pacific storms were heading toward the Los Angeles area and could drop up to four inches of rain in mountain areas by the weekend, forecasters said Monday night. The storms could produce the most significant rain that the region has seen in nearly two years. The last time a widespread storm produced an inch or more of rain in the Los Angeles area was on March 25, 2012, according to the National Weather Service. "We're definitely going to get some rain, and it's looking like it's going to be over a widespread area," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Oxnard.
February 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It took nearly 10 hours to complete the Daytona 500 on Sunday and for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to complete his 10-year bid to return to Daytona's Victory Lane. Earnhardt held off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski on a restart with two laps left to win NASCAR's most prestigious race, and the Sprint Cup Series' season opener, for the second time. "I cannot believe this," Earnhardt screamed over his car radio after crossing the finish line at 11:25 p.m. EST after a 61/2-hour rain delay at Daytona International Speedway.
February 22, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
First comes the tease, with about .10 of an inch of rain predicted Wednesday night. Don't get too excited, though, because Thursday will be dry. But on Friday afternoon, if National Weather Service projections hold, comes the possibility of real rain in Southern California. As much as one to two inches of rain is expected on the coast and in the valleys, and double that in the mountains before it ends with showers on Saturday. This Pacific storm will hit most of the state and bring much-needed snow to the Sierra, said Joe Firard, a meteorologist with the weather service.
February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings and Bettina Boxall
A deep marine layer that has settled over parts of Southern California is producing some drizzle and a lot of gloom, but no measurable rain for the drought-stricken region, forecasters said Sunday. The moisture layer "is giving us conditions reminiscent of May and June, when we have May gray and June gloom," said Ryan Kittle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. For some parts of the Southland, the cloudy conditions have brought some rain showers. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties has seen some "legitimate rain," that produced about a quarter-inch of rain in some areas, Kittle said.
February 6, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A winter storm that was only expected to slightly dampen the L.A. Basin pelted the Bay Area on Thursday, causing minor flooding and traffic woes for commuters. A flood watch was also issued for Monterey, Santa Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties as the storm system moved across California, creating the potential for heavy rainfall to cause small creeks and streams to breach their banks. Excess runoff could also create "ponding" in urban areas, the National Weather Service said.
February 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Close to a quarter of an inch of rain fell across the Los Angeles area Thursday as a low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska moved over the area, forecasters said. Avalon on Santa Catalina Island recorded almost a half-inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Eagle Rock and Canoga Park recorded 0.23 of an inch of rain. About an inch of snow was reported in Frazier Park near the Los Angeles and Kern County border. More snow could fall during the night. The storm was good for short-term relief but did not drop enough rain to help drought-stricken areas in Southern California, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the Weather Service's Oxnard office.
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A weather system that brought light overnight showers to the Southland will clear out Monday, leaving partly cloudy skies and below normal temperatures for much of the week, forecasters say. Rainfall totals for the L.A. region were minimal, with downtown registering just 0.14 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Woodland Hills saw just 0.04 inches. The drop in temperatures, though, has been more dramatic, with snow levels dropping to 4,000 feet. As the weather system clears out, forecasters said daytime temperatures for the week will remain a few degrees below normal in the low- to mid-60s.
January 31, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The light showers that teased parched Southern California overnight should taper off Friday morning, but more rain could still be in store this weekend, forecasters said. There may still be some light rain Friday morning  -- and then again Sunday into Monday -- but the weather system "looks like a fairly light event again, less than a quarter-inch," said meteorologist Curt Kaplan with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Any possibility of rain Friday night is "nothing to really write home about," he added.
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