# Thursday, December 20, 2007
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Intellicast Composite Radar - December 18, 2007 3:00 p.m. PST Click!
Intellicast Composite Radar
December 18, 2007 3:00 p.m. PST

According to preliminary NWS data, Downtown Los Angeles (CQT) recorded 1.24 inches of rain as a result of Tuesday night's storm, bringing the water year total to 3.69 inches. This amount is about 3/4 inch above normal for the date, and exceeds the 3.21 inch total recorded at Los Angeles during the record setting dry water year of 2006-2007.

Rainfall totals around the Los Angeles area generally ranged from about 0.75 to 1.25 inch in the basin and surrounding valleys, with as much as 1.5 to 3.0 inches (or more) recorded in some foothill and mountain locations. Here's a copy of a NWS Information Statement listing some rainfall totals for the storm.

In terms of percent of normal rainfall over the past 90 days, Southern California and the Desert Southwest have fared better than might be expected during a La Niña. The snowpack distribution in the Sierra is also somewhat unusual for a La Niña. Today's Summary of Snow Water Equivalents reports that the Sierra Southern Section snowpack is at about 77% of normal for the date, while the Central and Northern sections are at 53% and 61% of normal.

Today's NWS 6-10 Day Outlook projects above normal precipitation in Southern California, while the the 8-14 Day Outlook projects normal precipitation. We'll see!

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