Rare Rain from a Tropical System Hits California

By , Meteorologist
July 19, 2012; 9:07 PM ET
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A surfer struggles to keep upright on a large, rough wave off the Southern California shore at El Segundo Beach in El Segundo, Calif., Friday, Dec. 15. 2006. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Fabio has withered away to nothing more than a ghost, but that's not stopping his remains from affecting California.

It is rare that rain from the remnants of tropical storms to affect the Los Angeles basin. The last time was with the remnants of Hurricane Dean in August of 2007 that made landfall in Santa Barbara. The rainfall from Dean caused minor flooding problems across Southern California.

The rain from Fabio will continue across portions of Southern California early today, while it expands farther north into central California and Nevada.

Bakersfield, Calif., received 0.02 of an inch of rain today. Rainfall in this portion of California is rare, especially this time of the year.

Record Rainfall Tied in California on Wednesday

Wednesday Rain
Old Record/Year
Camarillo Airport
Downtown Los Angeles

The impacts will be periods of rain and even a couple of heavier thunderstorms that could cause flash flooding problems.

For more detailed information on the impacts in Southern California, please see Ken Clark's blog.


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