Reaching for Number 1

It’s a season of records. December 28, 2004 marked the third most rainfall ever recorded at the Civic Center in one day with 5.55 inches. That’s more than we get in some years of drought.

We all know this weather is freaky. Come tomorrow we’ll be entering into territory none of were alive for. As of yesterday afternoon Los Angeles has had 32.03 inches of rain for the season (which starts in July and goes to June). That puts us at number five and we still have more than four months to go.

#....Year.....Precip. Inches
1...1883-84.....38.18
2...1889-90.....34.84
3...2004-05.....33.87 (updated as of Wednesday @ 6:00 am)
4...1977-78.....33.44
5...1940-41.....32.76
6...1982-83.....31.25
7...1997-98.....31.01
8...1968-69.....27.47
9...1992-93.....27.36
10..1979-80.....26.98
11..1892-93.....26.28
12..1951-52.....26.21
13..1994-95.....24.35
14..1913-14.....23.65
15..1937-38.....23.43


I lived in Humboldt County for six years and I’ll tell you, I know what never-ending rain is like, but it never rained like this up there. The sky just opens up here in Los Angeles and pounds the water into us. I’ve bought two new umbrellas in the past two weeks – I’ve never had umbrellas in Los Angeles before.

For the record, average yearly rainfall for Los Angeles is 12 inches.

How do other cities measure up?

Hilo, HI – 129 inches
New Orleans, LA – 60 inches
Miami, FL – 58 inches
Boston, MA – 44 inches
New York, NY – 40.3 inches
Seattle, WA – 36.2 inches
San Francisco, CA – 19.5 inches
Las Vegas, NV – 4 inches

UPDATED: new totals from yesterday so I updated our rankings. We’re now at #3.

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