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How Dry was 2013? Cities of Riverside and L.A. Had Driest Calendar Years on Record

How Dry was 2013? Cities of Riverside and L.A. Had Driest Calendar Years on Record
The calendar year that just ended was so dry the lack of rainfall set new records in the cities of Riverside and Los Angeles, and other parts of Southern California.

But 2013 was not the driest year on record for Palm Springs. The San Gorgonio Pass area received significant rains during the late monsoon season at the end of August, and local waterfalls did not stop flowing.

Most of spring and summer were plenty dry though. When the first significant wildfire of 2013 broke out in the Pass, some incident commanders in Beaumont warned crew supervisors "This is like October in May."

So how dry was it?

"The city of Riverside broke its all time driest calendar year record since 1893, when locals first began collecting data," San Diego-based NOAA meteorologist James Thomas said in a phone interview Monday.

Instruments at Riverside Municipal Airport measured 3.36 inches from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013, Thomas said. The previous record driest calendar year for the city of Riverside was 3.43 inches in 1961.

Instruments for downtown Los Angeles/USC measured 3.6 inches for 2013, setting a new record for the driest calendar year in L.A. since locals began collecting data in 1877, according to Weather Service staff in Oxnard.

The city of Palm Springs received 2.23 inches from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013, Thomas said. The record driest calendar year for Palm Springs was .76 inch in 2002. Locals began collecting data in Palm Springs in 1906.

National Weather Service staff in San Diego posted a video Jan. 6 headlined "State of the Climate and Outlook for Spring," which is attached to this report.

Weather Service staff also recently posted  Weather Highlights of 2013 and  Photo Gallery 2013 Weather.

Below are links to coverage of several weather-related events in 2013 you found exclusively on Banning-Beaumont Patch, Redlands-Loma Linda Patch and Palm Desert Patch.

Inside the Silver Fire: Photos From Evacuated Areas in San Jacinto Mtns

PHOTOS: Storm Unleashes More Mud and Rocks in Forest Falls, 2 Homes Damaged

BLACK FLOOD: Man Describes Front End of Post-Fire Debris Flow in Poppet Flats

STORM VIDEO: Sights and Sounds in Geologically Active Forest Falls, California

VIDEO: Poppet Flats Resident Helps Neighbor Dig Out From Black Post-Fire Mud Flows

UPDATE: Dangerous Beauty: Three More Injured at Falls in Mill Creek Canyon

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