Stormwatch 2022: Record-shattering rain reported in Long Beach on Monday

Long Beachers who managed to survive Monday morning’s savage rainstorm that swept this coastal town will long remember that day that inundated the city with record-breaking rain, causing some people to remain safely barricaded indoors, while commuters were forced to turn on their windshield wipers in order to safely navigate the roads and freeways.

When it was all over later that morning, the figures would reflect the ferocity of the drought-busting storm, with .01 inches of rain measured at Long Beach Airport, a record amount for the day, shattering the previous record set in 1991 when a barely measurable “trace” of rain fell on the city.

The previous rain record for June 13 was set in 1991.

Los Angeles wasn’t spared from the wrath of the storm, with Los Angeles International Airport also reporting .01 inches, tying a June 13 record which has stood since 1991.

Happily, no rain is forecast for the coming week with high temperatures in the 70s, allowing the city to recover from the storm.

The total from Monday ticked up our rainfall so far this year to a whopping 7.28 inches, a huge improvement from 7.27 inches, but still far below normal for this time of year (which would be 11.85 inches).

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.