By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
The yearly rainfall total in Pacific Palisades, which was measured from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, fell far below the average yearly tally, according to local weather authority Craig Weston.
“This year, Pacific Palisades received a paltry 4.47 inches of rain, which was far below the average yearly rainfall of 14.93 inches,” Weston, who tracks rainfall totals each year, told the Palisadian-Post.
Weston said although this past year’s rainfall was disappointing, the 2019-20 rainfall measured at 16.5 inches and the 2018-19 season was a healthy 25.14 inches.
Last year ended with 1.90 inches of rain falling in the Palisades between December 27 and 28, with a storm that brought thunder, lightning and wind gusts that reached 32 miles per hour. By the end of 2020, the Palisades had a total of 2.00 inches of rain.
In 2020, Pacific Palisades saw its warmest day on September 6, as the temperature reached 99 degrees. The coolest reading of the year was on December 29, when the temperature dropped to 40 degrees.
January 28 and 29 marked 1.09 inches of rain in the Palisades, which brought the yearly rainfall total to 3.39 inches, Weston reported at the time.
On March 10, the Palisades had a storm that brought .82 inches of precipitation, followed by .18 inches of rain on March 15, which brought the March total inches of rainfall to 1.07.
“Los Angeles has been experiencing a La Niña weather pattern, which usually results in less rainfall for our region,” Weston said. “La Niña occurs when the average temperature of the ocean’s surface is below normal across the equatorial Pacific Ocean.”
Palisadian meteorologist Jay Rosenthal told the Post that we are hopefully coming out of La Niña and moving into a neutral phase. He said we will likely have normal or less than normal precipitation.
Rosenthal said the “Water Year” is measured from October 1 through the following September 30, and that these dates best capture the characteristics of a typical year’s rainfall.
“For Downtown Los Angeles, where they keep the records … last season from October 1 to today’s date, we had 14.83 [inches], and the season normal from October 1 to July 20 is 14.65 … you can see we’re running only … a little over a third of normal this year,” Rosenthal said. “Hopefully in the new season we’ll get more than that. It’s very seldom that we have two back-to-back extremely dry years.”
The Palisades received a small amount of rain in July, but not enough to measure—meaning below .01 inches, Weston said.
Rosenthal said rainfall at this time of year isn’t unusual, but “just like fingerprints, every year is a little bit different.”
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