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Weekend Storms Generate Record-Breaking Rainfall

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Gusty winds and a slight chance of rain are in the forecast for parts of San Diego County Monday, but the weekend storms that generated record-breaking rainfall and prompted numerous weather advisories have moved out of the region.

In a 48-hour period ending just after 9 p.m. Sunday, the back-to-back weekend weather systems dropped an inch of snow on Mt. Laguna and half an inch on Palomar Mountain. The mountains in San Diego County also topped the rainfall amounts recorded in the same period with 2.89 inches in Birch Hill; 2.79 at Lake Cuyamaca; 2.38 in Julian; 2.22 on Palomar Mountain; 2.04 on Volcan Mountain; 1.93 in La Jolla Amago; 1.80 in Descanso; and 1.70 in Pine Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms dropped lesser precipitation amounts elsewhere in San Diego County. Rainfall amounts ranged from about a quarter-inch to 1.42 inches in the valleys, .07 to .94 of an inch along the coast and from one-hundredth to .31 of an inch in the deserts.


Oceanside Harbor received .45 of an inch of rain Sunday, which broke the previous record for the date of .40, set in 1997. The storms also set lowest maximum temperature records in Vista and El Cajon, where highs of 60 degrees fell short of prior highs of 61 degrees, set in 1971 and 2015, respectively, according to the NWS.

The storms moved east out of the region and the skies cleared overnight, but gusty winds are expected to redevelop Monday night.

A wind advisory for the mountains and deserts will take effect at 8 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. West winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts of 45 to 55 are expected in the deserts, as are winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 55 in the mountains.

A slight chance of showers is also in the forecast for the coast, valleys and mountains this afternoon. Forecasters said there would be a 20 percent chance of measurable precipitation.

Calmer weather with below average temperatures is expected Tuesday through Friday, according to the weather service.