About 1.1 inches of rain fell across Pacific Palisades yesterday, ending a 12-week dry spell during what is normally the “rainy” season.
Thanks to 10.1 inches of rain in December, the Palisades is now close to its annual average of 13.78 inches, measured from July 1 through June 30. We had .1 inch of rain in July and .66 inch in October, bringing the season total to 11.96 inches — and we can always hope for April showers.
The late Ted Mackie, who served as Carol Leacock’s assistant L.A. County rainmeister, compiled a chart of Palisades rainfall that spanned 73 years, back to 1942.
He reported that the driest cycle was the five years between 1987 and 1991, when Pacific Palisades received less than 10 inches of rain each year.
The five wettest years were 1978, 1983, 1995, 1998 and 2006. The most rain recorded here was 42.60 inches in 1997-1998.
The five driest years on record were 1976, 1990, 2007, 2012 and 2014.
Since 1942, the driest season in the Palisades was 4.11 inches in 2006-2007. The 2013-2014 season ended with 6.13 inches.