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COUNTYWIDE : CLIPBOARD : How Dry Was It?

Researched by: JANICE L. JONES / Los Angeles Times

Rainfall in Orange County is measured by the fiscal year, which ends today. So 1989-90 will go on record with 8.65 inches of rain, making this the fourth year in a row to fall below the local yearly average of 12.96 inches. But even though temperatures have soared to record highs recently and drought conditions have turned Southern California into a tinderbox, this year’s rainfall level is still above those considered the driest on record. The following lists the five driest and wettest years in Orange County since 1908.

FIVE DRIEST

Year: Inches

1960-61: 3.56

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1971-72: 4.88

1962-63: 5.88

1924-25: 5.92

1958-59: 6.34

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FIVE WETTEST

Year: Inches

1940-41: 32.14

1977-78: 29.94

1982-83: 26.87

1951-52: 22.97

1936-37: 22.93

Source: The Orange County Environmental Management Agency. Figures are from measurements taken in Santa Ana.

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