RECORD RAINFALL DRENCHES COUNTY, BREAKS CENTURY-OLD RECORD

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Robert Gehr (c) 2015

July 19, 2015 (San Diego) – Saturday’s deluge, remnants of a hurricane off the Baja coast, set a new record rainfall for the month of July in San Diego and many other local cities, Alex Tardy, Meteorologist Manager at the National Weather Service, San Diego reports.  At Lindbergh Field airport, 1.03 inches of rain has fallen so far this month, topping the old record of 0.92 inches set back in July 1902.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park got 1.16 inches and Ramona’s airport got a full inch. Campo received .99, while Alpine and El Cajon measured .95 inches on Saturday, putting all of these communities above normal for the whole month of July.

The downpour forced cancellation of some events, such as Concert at the Lakes in Santee.

Lifeguards evacuated people at San Diego beaches, where lightning strikes posed threats to swimmers and those on shore. The heavy rains drenched marchers in the Pride Parade in Hillcrest, but brought welcome relief from the drought in our parched region.

Be sure to turn off sprinklers and irrigation systems for 48 hours after the rainfall to conserve water – it’s the law!

For detailed climate information such as monthly maximums at selected locations try this page: http://w2.weather.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=sgx