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SCV gets sprinkled

Posted: August 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

Despite the high humidity and low precipitation, a flash flood warning was issued late Sunday afternoon for the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Valley, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“We’re getting calls from people in those areas who say they hear the thunder and see lightning,” she said Sunday. “We have a cluster of thunderstorms causing this. So we are continuing our flash flood warning for areas east of the San Gabriel Mountains and extending into the Antelope Valley.

“These storms can bring 2 to 3 inches of rain per hour which are capable of flash floods,” she said.

The area of Pearblossom is one of a half dozen areas east and south of the Santa Clarita Valley forecast to be hit by thunderstorms.

Rain that fell in Santa Clarita Valley Saturday night and during the day Sunday amounted to 0.01 inch, Bartling said.

“Mount Baldy is the big news,” she said. “They received 4 1/2 inches of rain in a very short time.”

Crystal Lake received 1.65 inches of rain and, in Claremont, 0.81 inches of rain was recorded.

“Any (water) gauge out there in Santa Clarita didn’t catch anything,” Bartling said. “Except Saugus which reported 0.01 inch of rain.

“That’s a little bit above a trace,” she said.

The forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley this week is simple — sunny and increasingly hot each day until the weekend with no expectation of rain.

On Jan. 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought.
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