Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside see more than an inch of rain

Flooding, mountain snow also in the mix in San Diego


Rain. (Jan Fillem, Unsplash)

North Coast Current

Encinitas, Carlsbad and other north coastal San Diego communities received a significant amount of rain from an atmospheric river-fed storm that swept through the region Tuesday, Dec. 13.

A smaller storm that followed brought light rain late Thursday into early Friday, with amounts ranging from .01 to .12 inches countywide.

The Tuesday storm brought high winds and flooding throughout San Diego County from early morning through late afternoon. The county’s mountains received some snow as well. Some rain records were also broken for the date.

Oceanside received nearly an inch and a half of rain, according to National Weather Service San Diego office figures. The community recorded 1.45 inches.

Carlsbad’s two reporting stations reported more than an inch of rain, the Weather Service reported. The community’s station recorded 1.28 inches, while the McClellan-Palomar Airport station recorded 1.24 inches.

Encinitas recorded 1.05 inches of rain.

Other North County rain results from Tuesday’s storm:

Elfin Forest: 0.92 inches
Escondido: 1.76 inches
Fallbrook: 1.48 inches
Olivenhain/Rancho Santa Fe: 1.05 inches
San Marcos: 1.07 inches
Vista: 1.19 inches

Even with the recent deluge, drought conditions remain for the state, authorities say.

The Olivenhain Municipal Water District remains at a self-imposed Level 1 drought advisory, the district announced in October.

“Customers are encouraged to take voluntary actions to reduce water waste, such as promptly fixing leaks, stopping runoff from inefficient irrigation, irrigating only during night and early morning hours, and avoiding washing down paved surfaces,” the district stated in an Oct. 20 announcement.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of how we are using our water,” district board Secretary Bob Topolovac said in the announcement. “Actions like ensuring your sprinklers are properly aligned and raised high enough to water the plants, and not the sidewalk, go a long way in preventing waste and conserving water.”

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(Story updated 12/17/2021 at 12:45 p.m.)

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