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Old 02-06-2010, 12:32 AM
 
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Not that I'm complaining, as the weather here is still way better than where I came from (eastern Canada), but is this winter one of the rainier ones, or is this the way it usually is in January/February? I know it's the rainy season, and I was expecting it, just wondering how it compares to the average.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:33 AM
 
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We get them every once in awhile, especially in EL Nino years.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:05 AM
 
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It's an El Nino year, so more rain with more severe storms than normal. Last big one was 98 if I recall. This one is shaping up to be a big one.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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In the years when we do get rain, most of it falls in January and February, but often continuing through March. It's still too soon to tell if this rainy season is going to be wetter than normal. "Normal" for downtown L.A. is about 15". I'm not sure where we're at after this latest storm, but it seems like we're on track to have at least a normal year, maybe even wetter than usual.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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In the years when we do get rain, most of it falls in January and February, but often continuing through March. It's still too soon to tell if this rainy season is going to be wetter than normal. "Normal" for downtown L.A. is about 15". I'm not sure where we're at after this latest storm, but it seems like we're on track to have at least a normal year, maybe even wetter than usual.
There are websites (wunderground? weather.gov?) which can provide the current total versus the normal amount for this date. It's just a matter of looking it up online.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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Thanks, Charles. It's a moving target right now, anyway, since our rainy season is far from over! There's another chance of rain Tuesday through Friday.

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There are websites (wunderground? weather.gov?) which can provide the current total versus the normal amount for this date. It's just a matter of looking it up online.

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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Current totals can be found here (both seasonal & annual): Los Angeles Weather - latimes.com

For comparison, seasonal totals dating back to 1877: Total Seasonal Rainfall 1877-Present
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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The L.A. Times is reporting a debris flow in La Canada that went down Ocean View Blvd. all the way to Foothill, pushing cars, garbage cans, etc. into each other! The mud at Ocean View and Foothill is knee deep! The Pickens Canyon debris basin is completely full, and more rain is expected this afternoon. This could be very bad.

This is basically the worst case scenario depicted in this study:

USGS Open-File Report 2009-1227: Emergency Assessment of Postfire Debris-Flow Hazards for the 2009 Station Fire, San Gabriel Mountains, Southern California

It was published soon after the Station Fire, and goes into the risks of debris flows as a result of the denuded hillsides in the foothills.

I used to live in that area, and it's sad to think that the people further down the hill who thought they'd be safe because they live nowhere near a hillside have also been affected by this.

Mudslides prompt evacuations in La Canada-Flintridge | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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i'm from the area, but since rain is so sporadic around here, I'm not certain what 'normal' is. anyways, we are certainly getting a lot more rain this winter that the last few. i don't really like rain, as it keeps me from doing things outside, so i might have a short term memory in that regard, but i still don't think we're anywhere near the rain levels we had in the last el nino 1997-1998. i definitely remember it raining at least a little bit every day for 3 months straight. no fun
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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Nobody remembers 2004-2005?
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