Something Rare Visits San Diego County — Rain
Here are the National Weather Service rainfall figures for San Diego County as of 4 p.m. Tuesday:
Palomar Mountain: 0.52 of an inch
Mount Laguna: 0.21 of an inch
Fallbrook: 0.20 of an inch
Julian: 0.18 of an inch
Vista: 0.16 of an inch
Valley Center: 0.13 of an inch
Carlsbad: 0.10 of an inch
Descanso: 0.10 of an inch
Mount Woodson: 0.09 of an inch
Campo: 0.08 of an inch
Rancho Bernardo: 0.06 of an inch
Santee: 0.06 of an inch
Alpine: 0.05 of an inch
Ramona: 0.05 of an inch
Rancho San Diego: 0.05 of an inch
Potrero: 0.05 of an inch
Chula Vista: 0.02 of an inch
Miramar: 0.02 of an inch
Poway: 0.02 of an inch
Lindbergh Field: 0.02 of an inch
Source: City News Service
A cool autumn storm delivered some all-too-rare rainfall to the San Diego area Tuesday.
From early morning to late afternoon, the dark clouds shed as much as half of an inch of moisture in the East County, according to the National Weather Service. Inland valley and coastal areas saw a quarter of an inch or considerably less over the same period.
As evening approached, however, heavier rains were beginning to move into the county.
Through Monday, only a little more than 3 inches of rain had been measured at Lindbergh Field since Jan. 1.
With total precipitation from the unsettled system projected to range from 2 to 4 inches in the mountains and 1 to 2.5 inches west to the ocean, the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch effective through 9 a.m. Wednesday. The highest risk was expected to center around steep mountain slopes and recent burn areas.
No significant rain-related problems had been reported by early evening.
Property owners concerned about flooding were offered up to 10 free sandbags each from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The sacks — which must be filled by recipients, using beach sand if so desired — were being distributed at lifeguard stations at La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, and at city fire stations in Ocean Beach, the Midway District, Pacific Beach, Kearny Mesa, San Ysidro, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Rancho Peñasquitos, Santaluz and Pacific Highlands.
County officials, meanwhile, made free bags and sand available at fire stations in Bonita, Dulzura, Fallbrook, Julian, Ramona and Valley Center. People were asked to bring their own shovels to fill the sacks.