Storm leaves a few drops of rain
The storm that swept through Paso Robles this week left a few drops. Wednesday and Thursday saw .24-inches of rainfall, according to the city’s weather station at the Paso Robles Airport. That brings this season’s total to .25 inches.
Another storm is on the way Thanksgiving Day, according to AccuWeather.
The last rainfall season, 2012-13, which runs July to June, delivered 7.18 inches of rain. That’s barely half of the city’s average of 14.33 inches, according to city records. It was the driest year since 2006-07 that yielded 6.24 inches. The driest year on the city’s record books going back to 1942 was 1975-76 with just 5.34 inches.
The drought in rainfall has the local lakes very low. This week’s rain didn’t even make a slight improvement in the area’s falling lake levels.
- Lake Nacimiento is at 24-percent of capacity with 92,0208 acre-feet of water.
- Lake San Antonio is at just 5-percent of capacity with 16,780 acre-feet of water.
Recent Paso Robles rainfall records
- 2013-14, 0″
- 2012-12, 7.18″
- 2011-12, 10.83″
- 2010-11, 21.97″
- 2009-10, 21.05″
Rainfall records provided by the City of Paso Robles.
Photo credit: Justin Hansen of Hansen Enterprises photographed a rainbow over Mission San Miguel Thursday afternoon.