June Rain in San Francisco Shatters Records

June 5, 2011; 8:04 AM ET
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"San Francisco has more than doubled its average rainfall for four months in the past four days!"


A stubborn storm system parked off the California Coast is dumping record rainfall over portions of the Golden State.

With the locally heavy rain on Saturday, San Francisco has already set its all-time wettest June on record. The 0.97 of an inch of rain recorded so far this June surpassed the previous record for wettest June, when 0.86 of an inch fell in June of 1967.

The rain that has fallen so far this month in San Francisco is nearly nine times the normal rainfall received in the entire month of June.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Cory Mottice examined the rainfall amounts in the city, noting that San Francisco has more than doubled its average rainfall for four months in the past four days!

A sampling of daily rainfall records shattered in California on Saturday:

-Oakland Museum: 1.45 inches (Old record 0.10 of an inch from 1993)

-San Jose International Airport: 0.78 of an inch (Old record 0.18 of an inch from 1993)

-Monterey: 0.83 of an inch (Old record 0.28 of an inch from 1993).

The storm system unleashing the rain will start to weaken over the remainder of the weekend. However, with plenty of unstable, cool air aloft, scattered showers and thunderstorms will persist. More records may fall with the unrelenting and rare June rain.

The soggy weather is not the only factor putting a damper on the weekend in California. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski pointed out that the rain is holding temperatures down 10-20 degrees below normal across central parts of California. The cooler weather will last through at least Monday.

Some AccuWeather.com Facebook fans living in California have commented on how rare rain it is in June. If you have any comments or rainfall reports, share them with us on our AccuWeather.com Facebook Page!

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