# Sunday, December 26, 2010
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WSI Composite Radar
December 25, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

The strong cold front that swept through Southern California Christmas night resulted in 0.90 inch of rain at Downtown Los Angeles (USC), increasing December's rainfall total to 9.67 inches. This makes December 2010 the wettest December in 121 years (since 1889), and the second wettest December since recordkeeping began in 1877.

Rainfall totals from last night's fast moving front generally ranged from about 0.4 inch to 0.9 inch. Here's an archived copy of a Precipitation Summary from the NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard with some rainfall totals from around the area.

This morning's model runs continue to forecast more rain for Wednesday. The 12z NAM projects about 0.5 inch at LAX during the day Wednesday. The 09z SREF puts the probability of more than 0.25 inch of rain in the Los Angeles area at about 50% for the 24 hour period ending 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Depending on how much rain we get Wednesday, for the first six months of the 2010-11 water year (July 1 to December 31), the rainfall total for Downtown Los Angeles will likely rank as the fourth or fifth wettest in the 133 years that records have been kept.

In the medium range outlook, the 12z GFS and 12z ECMWF differ in how they handle an upper level low that they forecast to develop off the California coast New Year's morning. The 12z GFS is quite wet New Year's weekend, but it's too early to put much credence in that forecast. We'll see!

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