Storm clears out, clean up begins
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A late-autumn storm that deluged the San Diego area for three days let loose with a few more downpours Thursday morning before moving off to the east, leaving behind replenished reservoirs and lessening back-country wildfire hazards.
The unsettled atmospheric system, which arrived in the region Tuesday, kept drenching parts of the county through about 2 a.m., then began losing strength.
As midday approached, the storm was largely gone, though more wet clouds approaching out of the west could bring a few more showers this afternoons, according to the National Weather Service.
The highest local three-day precipitation total was 5.16 inches in the Birch Hill area, several miles southwest of Palomar Mountain, where 3.55 inches fell, according to the weather service.
Other cumulative rainfall readings include 2.53 inches at Lindbergh Field; 2.15 in Fallbrook; 2.12 in Descanso; 1.97 on Mount Woodson; 1.89 on Mount Laguna; 1.71 in Julian; 1.7 in Poway; 1.69 in Campo; 1.67 in Potrero and Rancho San Diego; 1.62 in Valley Center; 1.55 in Escondido; 1.53 in National City; 1.44 in Alpine; 1.43 in Oak Grove; 1.42 in Santee; 1.41 in Oceanside; 1.4 in Miramar; 1.35 in Rancho Bernardo; 1.31 at Montgomery Field; 1.3 in Ramona; 1.27 in Chula Vista; 1.26 in Vista; 1.09 at Brown Field; 1.03 in Encinitas; 0.96 in Ranchita; 0.92 in Carlsbad and San Marcos; 0.9 in La Mesa; 0.82 in Del Mar; 0.55 in San Felipe; 0.17 in Borrego Springs; and 0.04 in Ocotillo Wells.
Partly cloudy and dry skies are expected to prevail Friday and through the weekend, according to meteorologists.