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More Than Four Months of San Diego Rain Fell in One Day

8 May 2017, 2:13 pm

A rainy day in San Diego isn’t a big deal in the middle of the winter, but it’s certainly a big deal when it’s in dry season.

On Sunday, San Diego picked up 0.79″ of rain, more than doubling its previous daily record of 0.32″ from 1971. That said, for most of you, 0.79″ of rain is just a typical dreary day, but nothing too far out of the ordinary.

For San Diego in May, however, nearly an inch of rain is a very rare feat and a big deal.

Consider this: it was the eighth-rainiest May day on record – impressive considering records in San Diego go back 167 years all the way back to 1850!

Not impressed? How about this: San Diego and southern California’s summer dry season is so pronounced that the city averages a grand total of 0.39″ of rain for the months of May, June, July and August…combined. So San Diego’s Sunday single-day rainfall more than doubled what the city usually sees in a combined four-month span.

Factor in San Diego’s unusually wet start to 2017 already with nearly eight inches of rain so far, and it’s certainly a wet picture, continuing even into the area’s typical summer respite from the sogginess.

The good news, at least for rain-weary San Diegans: a few showers may linger around Tuesday, but a much drier, warmer and sunnier week is in store for San Diego, just as you might expect for the middle of May.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the West.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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