That Odd Sound You've Been Hearing? Precipitation (AKA Rain And Snow)
Just as we were lamenting a dry start to our rainy season in Southern California, we finally got a bit of wetness right before the new year.
Besides some really exciting thunder and lightning, the last day actually brought a decent amount of rain to some spots in Southern California.
At 205 pm, band of heavy showers extending from Malibu to Westlake Village. Rainfall rates of 0.65"/hour at Leo Carillo and 0.83"/hour at Lechuza Fire Station, including 0.39" in 10 minutes. Local roadway flooding/rockslides possible along PCH and canyon roads. #LArain #LAWeather pic.twitter.com/saGHMSHmMf— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 28, 2020
For instance, the mountains above Santa Barbara saw more than three inches. But most places only saw an inch or two, still leaving us behind average in L.A.
At times the rainfall was strong enough to cause some minor debris flows in place like Malibu.
Flood Advisory for LA county extended until 6 pm as bands of moderate-heavy showers with isolated tstms will continue through 6 pm. Roadway flooding likely with potential for minor/shallow debris flows across 1st year LA county burn scars. #LArain #LAWeather— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 28, 2020
But there’s no indication that we should be worried about major mudslides, even in our burn areas.
The rain should die down by tonight as the storm continues to move south and east towards Arizona, and then it’s right back to dry winter conditions through the rest of this week.
Some scenes from the rain captured today by LAist photojournalist Chava Sanchez: