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133-Year-Old Rainfall Record Broken in Downtown LA

A century-old record was broken in downtown LA as other areas got as much as 5 inches of rain.

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After a storm swept across Southern California, bringing wind, cold temperatures and heavy rains, a 133-year-old rainfall record was broken.

NBCLA's Melissa Magee said Thursday's storm brought impressive rainfall totals overall. Anywhere from 1 to 5 inches of rain was recorded across the region.

SoCal's Record-Breaking December Storm, In Photos

In downtown Los Angeles, 2.16 inches had fallen, breaking a record set in 1888 on Dec. 14.

Just .96 inches was the record set for Dec. 14 back in 1888. That record was shattered early on in the day.

In Mt. Baldy Village, 5.10 inches of rain fell, followed by 4.58 inches in Woodland Hills and nearly 4 inches in Modjeska Canyon.

While the worst of the storm was over, spotty showers were expected for the remainder of Tuesday night.

Here are a few more records that were broken Tuesday.

  • Palmdale Airport: 0.68" breaks the old record of 0.35 set in 1933. 
  • Santa Barbara Airport: 1.44" breaks the old record of 0.61 set in 2002. 
  • LAX: 1.29” breaks the old record of 0.38 set in 1993. 
  • Lancaster: 0.72" breaks the old record of 0.25" set in 1970.
  • Sandberg: 1.0" breaks the old record of 0.8 set in 1934. 
  • Santa Maria Airport: 1.13" breaks the old record of 0.75 set in 1993. 
  • Hollywood Burbank Airport: 1.81" breaks the old record of 0.29 set in 1965.
Windy and just 28 degrees. Howling winds ushered in rain and then snow in Big Bear. Hetty Chang reports Dec. 14, 2021.
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