SoCal at near-record low levels of rainfall

Missing: Southern California’s rainfall.

Precipitation totals are at record or near-record low levels for this time of year across the region, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Downtown Los Angeles is in its driest rain season to date since records began in 1877, the NWS said.

Just 3.21 inches of rain have fallen downtown since the start of the season on July 1. That’s 11.56 inches below normal through the end of April.

The current record lowest rainfall downtown was 4.42 inches in the winter of 2001-02, meaning the area would need another 1.20 inches to avoid setting a new mark.

But the rain season ends June 30 and average rainfall downtown is 0.31 inch in May and 0.06 inch in June. The normal seasonal rainfall is 15.14 inches.

The lack of rain isn’t localized. Los Angeles International Airport and Long Beach Airport are also having their driest seasons, and through April 30, most stations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were at or under 25 percent of normal to date, while Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties had received 30 percent to 45 percent of normal.