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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
530 PM PDT TUE JUL 1 2014

...ONE OF THE DRIEST RAIN SEASONS ON RECORD ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN
   CALIFORNIA...

...DRIEST BACK TO BACK RAIN SEASONS EVER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES...

WITH JUST 6.08 INCHES OF RAIN...THIS RAIN SEASON (JULY 1ST 2013
THROUGH JUNE 30TH 2014) WAS THE 7TH DRIEST EVER IN DOWNTOWN LOS
ANGELES SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877. ON THE HEELS OF THE 6TH DRIEST
SEASON...THE 2012-2013 SEASON...DURING WHICH JUST 5.85 INCHES OF
RAIN WAS RECORDED...THE COMBINED RAINFALL FOR THE LAST 2 SEASONS WAS
JUST 11.93 INCHES. THAT IS THE LEAST TOTAL RAIN EVER RECORDED IN
BACK TO BACK SEASONS IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. THE PREVIOUS DRIEST
BACK TO BACK RAIN SEASONS WERE 1897-1898 AND 1898-1899 DURING
WHICH 12.45 INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED.

THE RAINFALL DEFICIT IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FOR THE PAST TWO
SEASONS IS 17.93 INCHES. IN OTHER WORDS...RAINFALL FOR THE
PAST TWO SEASONS COMBINED WAS NEARLY A FOOT AND A HALF BELOW
NORMAL. PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE BACK TO BACK SEASONS
WAS JUST 40 PERCENT.

THIS WAS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE RAINY SEASON DURING WHICH LESS
THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED. THIS WAS ONLY THE 4TH SUCH
STRETCH SINCE 1877. THE OTHER THREE STRETCHES WERE JULY 1ST
1897 TO JUNE 30TH 1900...JULY 1ST 1922 TO JUNE 30TH 1925...AND
JULY 1ST 1958 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 1961.

WITH JUST 20.62 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE
2011-2012 RAINY SEASON...THIS WAS THE 3RD DRIEST STRETCH OF THREE
CONSECUTIVE RAINY SEASONS SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877...JUST
0.06 INCHES FROM TYING FOR SECOND PLACE. ONLY THE SEASONS FROM
1958-1961 AND 1897-1900 RECEIVED LESS TOTAL RAIN...WITH JUST
18.61 INCHES AND 20.56 INCHES RAIN RESPECTIVELY.

DURING THE PAST THREE SEASONS (2011-2014)...THE RAINFALL DEFICIT
IS 24.16 INCHES...WHICH MEANS THAT RAINFALL SINCE THE BEGINNING
OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON IS JUST OVER 2 FEET BELOW NORMAL. FOR THAT
RELATIVELY LONG PERIOD OF 3 YEARS...PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL
HAS BEEN JUST 45%...INDICATIVE OF JUST HOW PERSISTENT THIS DRY
STRETCH HAS BEEN.

SINCE 2001...FOUR OF THE SEVEN DRIEST RAINY SEASONS HAVE BEEN
RECORDED IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES...INCLUDING THE DRIEST (2006-2007)
DURING WHICH 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 2013-2014 SEASON...DURING
WHICH 6.08 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.

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THE FOLLOWING IS A TABLE OF TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE RAIN SEASON FROM
JULY 1ST 2013 THROUGH JUNE 30TH 2014...NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
SEASON (USING THE 1981-2010 NORMALS PERIOD)...PERCENT OF NORMAL
SEASONAL RAIN...RAINFALL TOTAL FOR THE DRIEST SEASON AT THAT
LOCATION...AND THE RANK OF THIS SEASON FOR SOME SELECTED LOCATIONS
IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA.

                  TOTAL RAIN   NORMAL    % OF      DRIEST         RANK
                  7/1/13 TO     RAIN    NORMAL     SEASON         THIS
                   6/30/14    7/1-6/30              EVER         SEASON
                  ----------  --------  ------  -------------  -----------

L.A. DOWNTOWN        6.08      14.93     41%    3.21 (2006-07)  7TH DRIEST
L.A. AP              4.45      12.82     35%    2.63 (2006-07)  4TH DRIEST
LONG BEACH AP        4.50      12.26     37%    2.10 (2006-07)  5TH DRIEST
UCLA                 6.05      18.63     32%    3.06 (2006-07)  3RD DRIEST
BURBANK AP           5.55      17.31     32%    2.44 (2006-07)  4TH DRIEST
VAN NUYS AP+         6.35      13.02     49%    2.67 (2001-02)  4TH DRIEST
WOODLAND HILLS       5.58      17.53     32%    4.04 (2006-07)  3RD DRIEST
LANCASTER AP         3.93       7.38     53%    1.26 (2012-13) 11TH DRIEST
SANDBERG             4.41      12.33     36%    2.60 (2001-02)  8TH DRIEST

CAMARILLO AP         5.01      15.22     33%    3.14 (2006-07)  4TH DRIEST
OXNARD NWS           5.87      15.62     38%    4.63 (1989-90)  5TH DRIEST
OJAI                 9.50      21.26     45%    6.87 (2006-07)  9TH DRIEST

SANTA BARBARA AP     6.56      17.76     37%    5.76 (1989-90)  2ND DRIEST
SANTA MARIA AP       4.51      13.95     32%    4.25 (1971-72)  2ND DRIEST
JUNCAL DAM           8.39      31.27     27%    8.66 (2006-07)    DRIEST
CACHUMA LAKE         9.98      22.09     45%    7.24 (2006-07)  7TH DRIEST

SAN LUIS OBISPO AP+  5.89      19.01     31%    5.86 (2001-02)  2ND DRIEST
PASO ROBLES AP       4.92      12.78     38%    3.92 (2006-07)  4TH DRIEST

+ PERIOD OF RECORD IS LESS THAN 30 YEARS---NORMALS NOT OFFICIAL

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 10 DRIEST RAINY SEASONS (JUL 1-JUN 30) IN DOWNTOWN
LOS ANGELES SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877...THE TOTAL RAIN DURING THAT
SEASON (IN INCHES) AND THE PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
SEASON (BASED ON 1981-2010 NORMALS). NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE
SEASON IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IS 14.93 INCHES.

                                TOTAL     RAINFALL    % OF NORMAL
                                RAIN     DEPARTURE     RAIN FOR
      RANK         SEASON     (INCHES)    (INCHES)    TWO SEASONS
      ----       ---------    --------    --------    -----------

       1.        2006-2007      3.21       11.72          40%

       2.        2001-2002      4.42       10.51          42%

       3.        1960-1961      4.85       10.08          44%

       4.        1958-1959      5.58        9.35          45%

       5.        1898-1899      5.59        9.34          46%

       6.        2012-2013      5.85        9.08          49%

       7.        2013-2014      6.08        8.85          49%

       8.        1923-1924      6.67        8.26          51%

       9.        1893-1894      6.73        8.20          52%

      10.        1897-1898      7.06        7.87          54%

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 10 DRIEST BACK TO BACK RAINY SEASONS (JUL 1-JUN 30)
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877...THE TOTAL RAIN
DURING THOSE SEASONS (IN INCHES)...THE RAINFALL DEFICIT DURING THAT
PERIOD...AND THE PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR A TWO YEAR PERIOD
(BASED ON 1981-2010 NORMALS). NORMAL RAINFALL FOR TWO SEASONS
IS 29.86 INCHES.

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

       1.        2012-2014      11.93      17.93          40%

       2.        1897-1899      12.65      17.21          42%

       3.        1959-1961      13.03      16.83          44%

       4.        1898-1900      13.50      16.36          45%

       5.        1958-1960      13.76      16.10          46%

       6.        2011-2013      14.54      15.32          49%

       7.        1923-1925      14.61      15.25          49%

       8.        1947-1949      15.21      14.65          51%

       9.        1988-1990      15.43      14.43          52%

      10.        1922-1924      16.26      13.60          54%

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DRIEST 3 CONSECUTIVE WET SEASONS (JUL 1-JUN 30)
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877...THE TOTAL RAIN
DURING THOSE THREE SEASONS (IN INCHES)...THE RAINFALL DEFICIT DURING
THAT PERIOD...AND THE PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL RAINFALL FOR A THREE YEAR
PERIOD (BASED ON 1981-2010 NORMALS). NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THREE SEASONS
IS 44.79 INCHES.

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

       1.        1958-1961      18.61      26.18          42%

       2.        1897-1900      20.56      24.23          46%

       3.        2011-2014      20.62      24.16          46%

       4.        1922-1925      24.20      20.59          54%

       5.        1947-1950      25.81      18.98          58%

       6.        2006-2009      25.82      18.97          58%

       7.        1948-1951      26.80      17.99          60%

       8.        1988-1991      26.90      17.89          60%

       9.        1969-1972      27.26      17.53          61%

      10.        1946-1949      27.82      16.97          62%


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*****DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON*****

TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION NORMALS ARE TAKEN FROM THE 30-YEAR NORMALS
FROM THE 1981-2010 PERIOD. PRECIPITATION IN INCHES.

                            TEMP
           TEMPERATURES    EXTREMES    PRECIPITATION
          ---------------------------------------------------
          AVG   AVG   AVG           ACTUAL   NORMAL  % NORMAL
          MAX   MIN

2013

JULY      80.8  64.0  72.4   92/61   0.09    0.01   900 %
   NORMAL 83.1  63.6  73.3

AUGUST    81.8  63.2  72.5   96/58   0.00    0.04     0 %
   NORMAL 84.4  64.1  74.3

SEPTEMBER 83.6  63.5  73.6   95/57   0.00    0.24     0 %
   NORMAL 83.1  63.1  73.1

OCTOBER   77.2  57.1  67.1   93/51   0.06    0.66     9 %
   NORMAL 78.5  58.7  68.6

NOVEMBER  74.5  54.3  64.4   92/48   0.62    1.04    60 %
   NORMAL 72.8  52.0  62.4

DECEMBER  70.8  46.9  58.9   85/39   0.20    2.33     9 %
   NORMAL 67.7  47.5  57.6

2014

JANUARY   74.4  50.1  62.3   85/44     T     3.12     0 %
   NORMAL 68.2  47.8  58.0

FEBRUARY  70.5  52.0  61.2   82/46   3.58    3.80    94 %
   NORMAL 68.6  49.3  58.9

MARCH     72.5  54.9  63.7   90/51   1.18    2.43    49 %
   NORMAL 70.2  51.0  60.6

APRIL     74.6  55.3  64.9   92/49   0.35    0.91    38 %
   NORMAL 72.7  53.5  63.1

MAY       80.0  60.9  70.5  102/56   0.00    0.26     0 %
   NORMAL 74.5  57.1  65.8

JUNE      76.7  61.1  68.9   81/58   0.00    0.09     0 %
   NORMAL 78.1  60.3  69.2


SEASON    76.5  56.9  66.7  102/39   6.08   14.93    41 %
   NORMAL 75.2  55.7  65.4

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* WEATHER RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT FOR DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SINCE JULY
1877.

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