Rainfall totals: We got a drop but needed a bucket

dsneed@thetribunenews.comApril 11, 2012 

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com Buy Photo

A spring storm dropped a half an inch to an inch of rain on the coastal areas of San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with another storm due tonight.

But these late storms are not likely to change what is shaping up to be a dry year. As of Wednesday, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant had received only 42 percent of the normal rainfall for this time of year, said local forecaster John Lindsey in his daily weather report.

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, that puts the Central Coast in a condition of moderate drought. Precipitation levels would have to reach nearly 70 percent of normal for the area to reach the next category of abnormally dry.

The late-season storms, coupled with a wetter than average winter last year, have left few signs of drought throughout the area. Hillsides are a lush green and the county’s reservoirs are full or nearly full, with Nacimiento Lake being the lowest at 68 percent.

Another storm will move into the area this afternoon, bringing rain through Friday morning. It is expected to bring from a third of an inch to nearly an inch of rain, Lindsey said.

Dry, clear and windy weather is expected for the weekend. Cool, clear and breezy weather is forecast for next week.

Rainfall totals as of 9 a.m. Wednesday

The data is provided by John Lindsey with PG&E.

LocationRainfall
Arroyo Grande0.86"
Atascadero0.20"
South Atascadero0.35"
Cal Poly0.74"
Cambria0.70"
Camp San Luis0.67"
Cayucos1.00"
Condor Lookout Los Padres National Forest0.23"
Creston0.04"
Diablo Canyon1.15"
Islay Hill, San Luis Obispo0.68"
Los Osos0.83"
Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo0.86"
Morro Bay0.59"
North Morro Bay0.77"
Nipomo0.75"
Oak Shores0.50"
Paso Robles Airport0.05"
Pismo Beach0.83"
41 West & Toro Creek0.60"
PG&E Energy Education Center0.67"
Point San Luis Lighthouse0.75"
Rocky Butte0.63"
Santa Margarita Fire Department0.28"
Santa Maria Public Airport0.89"
San Luis Obispo Regional Airport 0.82"
San Luis Obispo, Water Reclamation Facility0.71"
San Simeon0.63"
See Canyon, Creekside Farms0.79"
SLOWeather.com0.84"
Sunset Palisades0.95"
Templeton0.32"

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