THE WORST: The drought drones on (above), and water rationing is spreading (B1), but if you were around on Sept. 21, 1939, you’d think twice about praying for rain. . . . That day’s weather was the worst in county history: a drenching, 3.74 inches of rain with a high temperature of 119 and a hurricane that carried away half of the Huntington Beach Pier. . . . The county’s one-day rainfall record, however, occurred on Feb. 28, 1927--a deluge of about 5 1/2 inches that prompted creation of the county Flood Control District.
Rainfall in Orange County has been below the 13-inch norm for the last four years. (Santa Ana readings, June to July). 1985-86: 16.07 1986-87: 6.58 1987-88: 9.86 1988-89: 7.46 1989-90: 8.65 1990-91*: .36 * through Dec. 12, 1990 Source: O.C. Environmental Management Agency.