LOS ANGELES – Downtown Los Angeles recorded record rainfall Thursday, which solidified December 2021 as the third-wettest December on record.
On Thursday, the National Weather Service measured a record 2.34 inches of rain in downtown L.A., which blew away the previous Dec. 30 record of 1.85 inches from 1936.
The rain vaulted December 2021 to the third-wettest December on record, with 9.72 inches of rain. The second-wettest December was in 2010 when Los Angeles received 10.23 inches of rain, according to the NWS. Records date back to 1871.
Check out some notable 24-hour rainfall totals across the greater Los Angeles area:
- Opid’s Camp - 8.02 inches
- San Gabriel Dam - 5.16 inches
- Malibu - 4.86 inches
- Thousand Oaks - 3.86 inches
- Culver City - 3.63 inches
- Santa Monica - 3.40 inches
An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is forecast for downtown Los Angeles and the north side of the metro area through Friday morning. This region has already been saturated by rain since the Christmas weekend.
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The series of December storms prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to issue a State of Emergency for Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties Thursday, along with 17 other counties across the state, which will allow access to emergency state and federal funds for cleanup, recovery and repair.
Meanwhile, with the arrival of another arctic air mass on Friday, the next round of heavy mountain snow will develop across the Intermountain West.
The NWS has issued Winter Storm Watches, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for the higher elevations of the region.
Mountain ranges such as the Cascades, Sawtooth, Wasatch and the central and southern Rockies will pick up an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow through Saturday morning, with totals exceeding 3 feet in the highest elevations of Utah and Colorado.
This snow will continue to build the much-needed snowpack, which is now near or above average throughout the West.