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Rainfall Normals
& High, Low & Daily Records

By Month & Annual, Downtown Los Angeles

Downpour in Los Angeles traffic. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

See also:
Monthly Precipitation (Rainfall) by Season - Downtown Los Angeles
Record Wettest & Driest Seasons & Wettest Days - Downtown Los Angeles
Total Seasonal Rainfall by Season - Downtown Los Angeles


Measured in Inches

Month Normal 1 Record High 2 Record Low 2 Record Day
January 3.12 14.94 (1969) 0 (1976) 5.71 (Jan 26, 1956)
February 3.80 13.68 (1998) 0 (1984) 4.80 (Feb 24,1913)
March 2.43 12.36 (1884) 0 (1997) 5.88 (Mar 2, 1938)
April 0.91 7.53 (1926) 0 (1997) 2.74 (Apr 5, 1926)
May 0.26 3.57 (1921) 0 (2001) 2.02 (May 8, 1977)
June 0.09 1.39 (1884) 0 (2001) 0.76 (Jun 5, 1993)
July 0.01 0.60 (1906)* 0 (2002) 0.60 (Jul 25, 1906)
August 0.04 2.26 (1977) 0 (2001) 2.06 (Aug 17, 1977)
September 0.24 5.67 (1939) 0 (2001) 3.96 (Sep 23, 1939)
October 0.66 6.96 (1889) 0 (1999) 3.16 (Oct 20, 1889)
November 1.04 9.68 (1965) 0 (2000) 3.85 (Nov 7, 1966)
December 2.33 15.80 (1889) 0 (2000) 5.55 (Dec 28, 2004)
Annual Total 3 14.93 40.29 (1884) 3.60 (2013) 5.88 (Mar 2, 1938)

* Data for 6 days were not recorded during this month and year
1) Normals are National Centers For Environmental Information data used by the National Weather Service, based upon averages for rainfall seasons 1981 through 2010.
2) Record highs and lows are for the period beginning 1877
3) Annual normals and records above reflect those for a calendar year (January through December). The record high for a rainfall season (July through June) was 38.18 inches during the 1883-1884 season and the low record was 3.21 inches during the 2006-2007 season. The Rainfall Season normal (July-June) is 14.75 inches.

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Los Angeles/Oxnard and National Centers For Environmental Information