VIDEO: Rain totals inch closer to a potential record in San Diego

2023 rainfall nearly meets yearly average


A person crossing the San Diego City College campus gets a lucky break between rain showers, March 1, 2023. Photo by Luke Bradbury/City Times Media

Ben Guadarrama, CTTV Multimedia Journalist

Since San Diego’s storm season began on Oct. 1, the county saw 9.57 inches of rain as of February 26, nearly hitting the 10-inch average the county regularly sees each year, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas such as Fashion Valley or the San Diego Airport, which is the rain monitor closest to San Diego City College’s downtown campus, saw less rain, at about 1.3 inches, whereas areas around Carlsbad and Lake Henshaw saw closer to 3-4 inches.

According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s drought monitor for California, the heavy rainfall the county saw so far isn’t enough to pull it out of a drought.

However, drought conditions have improved overall since 2017, with all counties in the state now removed from the monitor’s “extreme drought” status.