Storm breaks rainfall records

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SAN DIEGO -- A few scattered showers are expected Wednesday morning from the tail end of a late-summer storm that broke rainfall record across Southern California this week.

Scattered or isolated rainfall was in the forecast for the coast, the valleys and the mountains as the remnants of Hurricane Linda move out of San Diego County, FOX 5 weathercaster Chrissy Russo said.. The mostly light showers and drizzle are expected to subside by late morning as clouds break up from the coast inland to the mountains and clearer skies prevail, according to the National Weather Service.

"Scattered showers just keep on coming this morning from the coast to the mountain crests,'' according to the weather service. "A few heavier showers are mixed in with the widespread light showers and drizzle going on.''

The tropical storm system brought rain and cooler conditions Tuesday, but began tapering off as of mid-afternoon. The rain was, however, strong enough to set several records. Automated gauges collected 1.15 inches at Lindbergh Field, exceeding the former Sept. 15 milestone of 0.12 of an inch, set in 1906. Tuesday was also the second wettest September day at the airport, behind Sept. 30, 1921, when 1.23 inches of rain fell, according to the NWS.

The 1.07 inches of rain recorded at Oceanside Harbor and 1.15 inches in Vista crushed old records of two-tenths of an inch and .12 inches, respectively, both set Sept. 15, 1997; the tenth of an inch in Chula Vista doubled a prior record, set in 1934; and 1.25 inches on Palomar Mountain, three- quarters of an inch in Escondido and .67 of an inch in Alpine topped the .52, .15 and .05, respectively, that fell that day in 1997.

The cloudbursts inundated some roadways with flows of water or muddy debris, helping trigger numerous traffic accidents. Between midnight and 9 p.m. Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol logged 385 accidents, with 112 of those occurring between noon and 2 p.m. That compares with the average of about 140 that the agency typically handles over a full day of dry weather.

Russo said drier and hotter conditions are expected this weekend into next week as high pressure builds. Temperatures in inland valleys and foothills will reach the high 90s by Sunday and Monday, she said.