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Statement as of 7:30 PM PDT on June 30, 2015


... Preliminary record daily maximum rainfall today across
southwestern California...

a record rainfall of a trace was set at Los Angeles International
Airport today. This ties the old record of a trace set in 1983 and
1945.

A record rainfall of a trace was set at Long Beach Airport CA
today. This ties the old record of a trace set in 1983 and 1973.

A record rainfall of a trace was set at bob Hope Airport (burbank)
CA today. This ties the old record of a trace set in 1945 and 1941.

A record rainfall of 0.01 inch was set at Palmdale Airport CA
today. This is the first occurrence of any observed or measured
rainfall on this date at Palmdale since records began in 1931.


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 10:10 PM PDT on June 30, 2015


... Driest four consecutive rain seasons ever recorded in downtown Los
Angeles...

Rainfall for the 2014-2015 rain season in downtown Los Angeles
totaled 8.52 inches... or 57 percent of the normal rainfall of 14.93
inches. The rainfall total for the past four consecutive rain
seasons beginning with the 2011-2012 season was 29.14 inches. That was
the lowest rainfall total for 4 consecutive seasons since records
began in 1877. The previous record was 34.02 inches for the 4 seasons
from 1947-1951.

Rainfall for the past 4 consecutive seasons combined in downtown Los
Angeles was more than 30 inches... or two and a half feet... below the
normal for that period... which would be 59.72 inches. Rainfall has
averaged just 49 percent of normal during this extended time.

This is the first time since records began in downtown Los Angeles
in 1877 in which less than 10 inches of rain has been recorded in
four consecutive rain seasons.

Rainfall has totalled less than 10 inches in three consecutive
seasons just 5 times... July 1st 1897 to June 30th 1900... July 1st
1922 to June 30th 1925... July 1st 1958 through June 30th 1961... July
1st 2011 to June 30th 2014... and July 1st 2012 to June 30th 2015.

This was also the 8th season since the 2001-2002 season in which less
than 10 inches of rain was recored.

Since 2001... four of the seven driest rainy seasons have been
recorded in downtown Los Angeles... including the driest (2006-2007)
during which a paltry 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 7th driest (2013-
2014)... during which 6.08 inches of rain fell.

It should be noted that the official water year is from October 1st
through September 30th... but rain season records in downtown Los
Angeles since 1877 have traditionally been from July 1st through
June 30th.

The following are the driest 4 consecutive rain seasons
(traditionally Jul 1-Jun 30) in downtown Los Angeles since records
began in 1877... the total rain during those Four Seasons (in
inches)... the rainfall deficit during that period... and the
percentage of normal rainfall for a four year period (based on 1981-
2010 normals). Normal rainfall for Four Seasons is 59.72 inches.

                                          4 season
                                total rainfall % of normal
                                rain deficit rain for
      rank seasons (inches) (inches) 4 seasons
      ---- --------- -------- -------- -----------

       1. 2011-2015 29.14 30.58 49%

       2. 1947-1951 34.02 25.70 57%

       3. 1986-1990 35.57 24.15 60%

       4. 1897-1901 36.85 22.87 62%

       5. 1958-1962 37.40 22.32 63%

       6. 1896-1900 37.42 22.30 63%

       7. 1895-1899 38.02 21.70 64%

       8. 1946-1950 38.42 21.30 64%

       9. 2005-2009 39.01 20.71 65%

      10. 1987-1991 39.38 20.34 66%
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The following is a table of total rainfall for the rain season from
July 1st 2014 through June 30th 2015... normal rainfall for the
season (using the 1981-2010 normal period)... and percent of normal
seasonal rain for some selected locations in southwestern California

                       total rain normal rain percent of
                     7/1/14-6/30/15 7/1-6/30 normal
                     --------------- ----------- ----------

L.A. Downtown 8.52 14.93 57%
l.A. Airport 7.45 12.82 58%
Long Beach 8.05 12.26 66%
ucla 9.17 18.63 49%
Burbank ap 7.65 17.31 44%
Woodland Hills 8.22 17.53 47%
Sandberg 7.56 12.33 61%
Lancaster ap 4.68 7.38 63%
Palmdale ap+ 4.67 8.30 56%

Camarillo ap+ 8.46 15.22 56%
Oxnard nws+ 9.19 15.33 60%

Santa Barbara ap 9.63 17.76 54%
Santa Maria ap 7.64 13.95 55%

San Luis Obispo ap+ 8.67 19.01 46%
Paso Robles ap 8.81 12.78 69%

+ due to insufficient data during the 1981-2010 period... normals are
unofficial and are projected based on available data

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The following is a table of total rainfall for the past 4 rain
seasons (in inches) from July 1st 2011 through June 30th 2015... normal
rainfall for the 4 season period (using the 1981-2010 normal period)...
rainfall deficit... and percent of normal rain for the past 4
seasons for some selected locations in southwestern California

Across southwestern California... rainfall has generally averaged
45 to 55 percent of normal during this 4 year period from
July 1st 2011 through June 30th 2015.

                       Total rain normal rain total rain % norm
                        7/1/11 to 7/1/11 to deficit rain
                        6/30/15 6/30/15 since since
                                                    7/1/11 7/1/11
                       ---------- ----------- ---------- -------

L.A. Downtown 29.14 59.72 30.58 49%
l.A. Airport 26.40 51.28 24.88 51%
Long Beach 26.79 49.04 22.25 55%
ucla 33.67 74.52 40.85 45%
Burbank ap 27.16 69.24 42.07 39%
Woodland Hills 30.75 70.12 38.89 44%
Sandberg 23.06 49.32 26.26 47%
Lancaster ap 12.92 29.52 16.60 44%
Palmdale ap+ 14.66 33.20 18.55 44%

Camarillo ap+ 27.04 60.88 33.84 44%
Oxnard nws+ 30.01 61.32 31.31 49%

Santa Barbara ap 37.23 71.04 33.81 52%
Santa Maria ap 28.06 55.80 27.74 50%

San Luis Obispo ap+ 37.59 76.04 38.45 49%
Paso Robles ap 27.06 51.12 24.06 53%

+ due to insufficient data during the 1981-2010 period... normals are
unofficial and are projected based on available data


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