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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
1010 PM PDT TUE JUN 30 2015

...DRIEST FOUR CONSECUTIVE RAIN SEASONS EVER RECORDED IN DOWNTOWN LOS
ANGELES...

RAINFALL FOR THE 2014-2015 RAIN SEASON IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
TOTALED 8.52 INCHES...OR 57 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL RAINFALL OF 14.93
INCHES. THE RAINFALL TOTAL FOR THE PAST FOUR CONSECUTIVE RAIN
SEASONS BEGINNING WITH THE 2011-2012 SEASON WAS 29.14 INCHES. THAT WAS
THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTAL FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS SINCE RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1877. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 34.02 INCHES FOR THE 4 SEASONS
FROM 1947-1951.

RAINFALL FOR THE PAST 4 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS COMBINED IN DOWNTOWN LOS
ANGELES WAS MORE THAN 30 INCHES...OR TWO AND A HALF FEET...BELOW THE
NORMAL FOR THAT PERIOD...WHICH WOULD BE 59.72 INCHES. RAINFALL HAS
AVERAGED JUST 49 PERCENT OF NORMAL DURING THIS EXTENDED TIME.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
IN 1877 IN WHICH LESS THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN HAS BEEN RECORDED IN
FOUR CONSECUTIVE RAIN SEASONS.

RAINFALL HAS TOTALLED LESS THAN 10 INCHES IN THREE CONSECUTIVE
SEASONS JUST 5 TIMES...JULY 1ST 1897 TO JUNE 30TH 1900... JULY 1ST
1922 TO JUNE 30TH 1925...JULY 1ST 1958 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 1961...JULY
1ST 2011 TO JUNE 30TH 2014...AND JULY 1ST 2012 TO JUNE 30TH 2015.

THIS WAS ALSO THE 8TH SEASON SINCE THE 2001-2002 SEASON IN WHICH LESS
THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORED.

SINCE 2001...FOUR OF THE SEVEN DRIEST RAINY SEASONS HAVE BEEN
RECORDED IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES...INCLUDING THE DRIEST (2006-2007)
DURING WHICH A PALTRY 3.21 INCHES OF RAIN WAS MEASURED...THE 2ND
DRIEST (2001-2002) WHEN 4.42 INCHES OF RAIN WAS MEASURED...THE 6TH
DRIEST (2012-2013) WITH 5.85 INCHES...AND THE 7TH DRIEST (2013-
2014)...DURING WHICH 6.08 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE OFFICIAL WATER YEAR IS FROM OCTOBER 1ST
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH...BUT RAIN SEASON RECORDS IN DOWNTOWN LOS
ANGELES SINCE 1877 HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN FROM JULY 1ST THROUGH
JUNE 30TH.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DRIEST 4 CONSECUTIVE RAIN SEASONS
(TRADITIONALLY JUL 1-JUN 30) IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SINCE RECORDS
BEGAN IN 1877...THE TOTAL RAIN DURING THOSE FOUR SEASONS (IN
INCHES)...THE RAINFALL DEFICIT DURING THAT PERIOD...AND THE
PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR A FOUR YEAR PERIOD (BASED ON 1981-
2010 NORMALS). NORMAL RAINFALL FOR FOUR SEASONS IS 59.72 INCHES.

                                          4 SEASON
                                TOTAL     RAINFALL    % OF NORMAL
                                RAIN      DEFICIT      RAIN FOR
      RANK        SEASONS     (INCHES)    (INCHES)     4 SEASONS
      ----       ---------    --------    --------    -----------

       1.        2011-2015      29.14      30.58          49%

       2.        1947-1951      34.02      25.70          57%

       3.        1986-1990      35.57      24.15          60%

       4.        1897-1901      36.85      22.87          62%

       5.        1958-1962      37.40      22.32          63%

       6.        1896-1900      37.42      22.30          63%

       7.        1895-1899      38.02      21.70          64%

       8.        1946-1950      38.42      21.30          64%

       9.        2005-2009      39.01      20.71          65%

      10.        1987-1991      39.38      20.34          66%
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THE FOLLOWING IS A TABLE OF TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE RAIN SEASON FROM
JULY 1ST 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 2015...NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
SEASON (USING THE 1981-2010 NORMAL PERIOD)...AND PERCENT OF NORMAL
SEASONAL RAIN FOR SOME SELECTED LOCATIONS IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA

                       TOTAL RAIN      NORMAL RAIN   PERCENT OF
                     7/1/14-6/30/15     7/1-6/30       NORMAL
                     ---------------   -----------   ----------

L.A. DOWNTOWN             8.52           14.93          57%
L.A. AIRPORT              7.45           12.82          58%
LONG BEACH                8.05           12.26          66%
UCLA                      9.17           18.63          49%
BURBANK AP                7.65           17.31          44%
WOODLAND HILLS            8.22           17.53          47%
SANDBERG                  7.56           12.33          61%
LANCASTER AP              4.68            7.38          63%
PALMDALE AP+              4.67            8.30          56%

CAMARILLO AP+             8.46           15.22          56%
OXNARD NWS+               9.19           15.33          60%

SANTA BARBARA AP          9.63           17.76          54%
SANTA MARIA AP            7.64           13.95          55%

SAN LUIS OBISPO AP+       8.67           19.01          46%
PASO ROBLES AP            8.81           12.78          69%

+ DUE TO INSUFFICIENT DATA DURING THE 1981-2010 PERIOD...NORMALS ARE
UNOFFICIAL AND ARE PROJECTED BASED ON AVAILABLE DATA

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THE FOLLOWING IS A TABLE OF TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE PAST 4 RAIN
SEASONS (IN INCHES) FROM JULY 1ST 2011 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 2015...NORMAL
RAINFALL FOR THE 4 SEASON PERIOD (USING THE 1981-2010 NORMAL PERIOD)...
RAINFALL DEFICIT...AND PERCENT OF NORMAL RAIN FOR THE PAST 4
SEASONS FOR SOME SELECTED LOCATIONS IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA

ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...RAINFALL HAS GENERALLY AVERAGED
45 TO 55 PERCENT OF NORMAL DURING THIS 4 YEAR PERIOD FROM
JULY 1ST 2011 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 2015.

                       TOTAL RAIN    NORMAL RAIN   TOTAL RAIN   % NORM
                        7/1/11 TO     7/1/11 TO     DEFICIT     RAIN
                        6/30/15        6/30/15       SINCE      SINCE
                                                    7/1/11      7/1/11
                       ----------    -----------   ----------   -------

L.A. DOWNTOWN            29.14          59.72         30.58       49%
L.A. AIRPORT             26.40          51.28         24.88       51%
LONG BEACH               26.79          49.04         22.25       55%
UCLA                     33.67          74.52         40.85       45%
BURBANK AP               27.16          69.24         42.07       39%
WOODLAND HILLS           30.75          70.12         38.89       44%
SANDBERG                 23.06          49.32         26.26       47%
LANCASTER AP             12.92          29.52         16.60       44%
PALMDALE AP+             14.66          33.20         18.55       44%

CAMARILLO AP+            27.04          60.88         33.84       44%
OXNARD NWS+              30.01          61.32         31.31       49%

SANTA BARBARA AP         37.23          71.04         33.81       52%
SANTA MARIA AP           28.06          55.80         27.74       50%

SAN LUIS OBISPO AP+      37.59          76.04         38.45       49%
PASO ROBLES AP           27.06          51.12         24.06       53%

+ DUE TO INSUFFICIENT DATA DURING THE 1981-2010 PERIOD...NORMALS ARE
UNOFFICIAL AND ARE PROJECTED BASED ON AVAILABLE DATA

$$

BRUNO/SIRARD

NWS LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA


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