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Posted: December 30, 2009 9:39 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I enjoy reading The Signal every morning to stay informed about our valley.

Occasionally I notice editorial or typographical errors which just add to the charm of the newspaper. However, as we emerge from three years of drought I feel cheated by a recent discrepancy.

A recent issue had a front-page story about Monday's storm ("Storm closes Grapevine," The Signal, Dec. 8). The first line says nearly an inch of rain fell on the area.

Great - we're making progress against our seasonal average. Let's turn to the weather details on page 2 of The Mighty Signal and see precisely where we stand.

But the total precipitation was listed at .06 inches; month to date 0.06 inches. I noticed the same conflicting reports after our first real storm back in October, too.

The totals in the almanac section are way less than what is reported in the lead stories or what I measure at my house.

While I've done nothing personally to deserve credit for rain falling from the sky, I feel cheated that we're not getting credit for it in The Signal's running total.

Editor's note: We at The Signal are reviewing the manner in which we publish local weather information, which we currently purchase from Weather Central Inc. The firm assures us it collects data from several reporting stations around the Santa Clarita Valley and compiles the information accurately. We have noticed that rainfall totals vary widely around the SCV - it's quite believable for there to be nearly an inch of rain near the Grapevine and very little on the valley floor.


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