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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2009
Rainfall tally Precipitation amounts for the 24-hour period ending 5 p.m. Monday: Downtown L.A.... 0.94 inches Bel-Air ... 0.91 Long Beach ... 1.42 Claremont ... 1.06 Newport Beach ... 1.24 Corona ... 1.32 Source: National Weather Service
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April 10, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A weather-altering El Niño is increasingly likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean later this year, according to a U.S. government forecast issued Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists now believe an El Niño has a 66% chance of forming by this winter. If the prediction materializes and the influential climate pattern sets in, it could bring wetter weather to California and the southern U.S., suppress the Atlantic hurricane season and compound global warming by boosting temperatures in 2015.
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July 24, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
As a heat wave continued to sear much of the East with 100-plus temperatures Saturday, Chicago was pounded with record-breaking rainfall. At O'Hare International Airport, rainfall totals had reached 6.91 inches Saturday morning - the largest single-day rainfall since records began in 1871, according to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com. The highest previous daily total was 6.64 inches on Sept. 12, 2008. Commuters soldiered on their way, trying to deal with the effects of overnight storms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The storms that doused Los Angeles County over the weekend filled reservoirs in the San Gabriel Mountains with some 6 billion gallons of water, enough to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. The twin storms left more than 11 inches of rain in some higher elevations. The rainfall from the storms was enough to substantially fill some dams that were at minimum levels, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, which operates 14 dams and debris basins in local ranges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The Southland's second storm of the week, moving across the area on Friday, has so far delivered on its promise of heavy rainfall. At Los Angeles International Airport, 0.55 inches of rain fell between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. About the same amount fell in downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. In Agoura Hills, 0.78 inches fell over the same period, and 0.86 inches fell in Monte Nido , a community near Calabasas . About a third of an inch fell in Redondo Beach, Van Nuys and Eagle Rock, according to the w eather service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Downtown Los Angeles was sprinkled with a trace of rain on Thursday, forecasters said, but it was enough to set a record for the date. By Thursday evening, 0.04 inches of rain had fallen downtown, breaking the previous record of 0.03 inches set in 1969, according to the National Weather Service. It was a rare event, the agency said. Since 1877, downtown has received measurable amounts of rain on July 11 on just three occasions. The temperature Thursday topped out at 76 degrees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives
Downtown Los Angeles may get half of the 3.6 inches of rain it received in all of 2013 from the upcoming storm systems, according to AccuWeather officials. The two storm systems are expected to move into Southern California starting Wednesday and will last through the start of the weekend.   The rainfall would bring little relief amid a state of emergency drought that was issued by Gov. Jerry Brown more than a month ago. Los Angeles County officials are asking residents and businesses to shut irrigation systems off. PHOTOS: Los Angeles prepares for rain storms “We all need to do our part to help conserve water, so the very best and most effective thing anyone of us can do to take immediate advantage of the coming rain is to simply shut our sprinkler systems off,” said Supervisor Don Knabe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A weekend storm dropped an additional half an inch of rain on Ventura County, bringing the season total to nearly 10 inches at the county Government Center, the flood control district reported Sunday. Heavy El Nino storms have already brought more than twice as much rain to the county as fell all last winter, and the rainfall total is two-thirds the normal amount for an entire rainy season, weather officials said. Last year, the county received 3.
WORLD
August 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Air pollution in China's industrial east appears to have significantly reduced light rainfall over the last 50 years, raising the possibility that cutting pollution could ease a severe drought in the region, according to a study released Saturday. Light rain -- anything from a drizzle to 0.4 of an inch in a day -- is also crucial for agriculture, as opposed to heavy rain, which triggers floods that can wash away crops. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the number of days of light rainfall in eastern China decreased by 23% from 1956 to 2005 because of air pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The latest storm to hit the California coast brought only light rain and fog to Ventura County on Thursday, and some meteorologists are wondering whether this will indeed be the very wet winter that forecasters have been anticipating for months. Despite predictions of a rainier winter than in past years due to El Nino, the periodic warming of the eastern Pacific, Ventura County has actually had nearly 1 inch less rainfall this season than last year at this time. Although the rainfall is almost 2 inches above normal, with 7.95 inches recorded for the season at the Ventura County Government Center, it had rained 8.62 inches by this time last year at that location, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
California's parched winter brought a big surge in air pollution, pushing the number of bad air days one-third higher than the previous winter and posing a serious health threat, state air quality officials said Tuesday. Levels of haze-forming soot typically increase in winter, but this year was worse because of the persistent lack of rainfall, low winds and unusually stagnant conditions that trapped pollution close to the ground. Karen Magliano, an assistant division chief at the California Air Resources Board, said the increase in dirty air was a weather-driven exception to a decade-long trend of improvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As mud and debris cleanup continued Monday in many parts of Los Angeles County, meteorologists said the area registered only enough rain to make a "small dent in our rainfall deficit. " From Wednesday through Monday morning, downtown L.A. registered 4.52 inches of rain, bringing the total rain since July 1 to 5.72 inches. Although the rainfall was significant, David Sweet of the National Weather Service said the normal amount this time of year is 11.46 inches. It would take several of these types of storms to bring rainfall for the season to normal levels, Sweet said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Saturday was a wet day in Southern California, but rainfall totals were lower than the 2 inches or more seen in some locations on Friday. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday and a high surf advisory until 5 p.m. Sunday. Here's a sampling of rainfall totals throughout the region for the 24-hour period ending 7 p.m. Saturday: Alhambra 0.85 inches Beverly Hills 0.72 inches Costa Mesa 0.56 inches Downtown Los Angeles 0.83 inches Fullerton 0.59 inches Hollywood Reservoir 1.62 inches John Wayne Airport 0.55 inches Lancaster 0.25 inches Long Beach 0.25 inches Ontario 1.02 inches San Gabriel Dam 2.23 inches Santa Ana 0.34 inches Santa Monica 0.81 inches Simi Valley 1.50 inches Soledad Canyon 1.12 inches Thousand Oaks 1.07 inches ALSO: Fight over school's American flag T-shirt ban likely to continue California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case Twitter: @cindychangLA cindy.chang@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The Southland's second storm of the week, moving across the area on Friday, has so far delivered on its promise of heavy rainfall. At Los Angeles International Airport, 0.55 inches of rain fell between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. About the same amount fell in downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. In Agoura Hills, 0.78 inches fell over the same period, and 0.86 inches fell in Monte Nido , a community near Calabasas . About a third of an inch fell in Redondo Beach, Van Nuys and Eagle Rock, according to the w eather service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
As a powerful dual storm system moves into California on Wednesday, weather forecasters say Los Angeles County can expect to see its share of the rain sometime after 6 p.m. Rainfall from the first storm is expected to last until Thursday morning, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. It could bring as much as a quarter-inch of rain to L.A. County. A second, stronger storm is expected Friday morning, Seto said. That storm could bring up to 1 to 2 inches of rain, and as much as 4 inches in the mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives
Downtown Los Angeles may get half of the 3.6 inches of rain it received in all of 2013 from the upcoming storm systems, according to AccuWeather officials. The two storm systems are expected to move into Southern California starting Wednesday and will last through the start of the weekend.   The rainfall would bring little relief amid a state of emergency drought that was issued by Gov. Jerry Brown more than a month ago. Los Angeles County officials are asking residents and businesses to shut irrigation systems off. PHOTOS: Los Angeles prepares for rain storms “We all need to do our part to help conserve water, so the very best and most effective thing anyone of us can do to take immediate advantage of the coming rain is to simply shut our sprinkler systems off,” said Supervisor Don Knabe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
Two storm systems will begin moving into the region today and Friday, producing heavy rain and snow at times in Southern California, the National Weather Service said. The first storm system is expected to hit tonight, but it will be the weakest of the two, producing about half an inch of rainfall, said weather specialist Stuart Seto. Snow levels in the local mountains will be between 5,500 and 6,000 feet, with 2 to 4 inches of snowfall, he said. The storm is expected to taper off by Friday afternoon, Seto said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2009 | Hector Becerra
Despite a gloomy June, Los Angeles is poised today to record its fourth year in a row with below-normal rainfall. From July 1 of last year to today, a period designated as a "rain year," only about 9 inches of rain fell compared to an average of slightly more than 15 inches, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. Southern California hasn't had an above-average rain year since 2004-05, when L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
This year is shaping up to be the driest in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the  National Weather Service  station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall. Climatologist Bill Patzert of  NASA's   Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in La Cañada Flintridge blames a long-lasting weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
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