April 21, 2007
RECORD LOW HIGH TEMPERATURES were reached for the day when a cold Pacific storm brought a season-high half-inch of rain to downtown Los Angeles and snow to the Southland mountains. Until the storm hit, it was the LONGEST INTO A SEASON DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES HAD GONE WITHOUT A DAY OF AT LEAST A HALF-INCH OF RAIN. The previous record was March 2, set during the 1923-24 season. The season begins July 1 each year. So far, this is THE DRIEST SEASON TO DATE, with 3.17 inches - nearly 12 inches below the normal rainfall to date. If fewer than 1.25 inches of rain fall by the end of the day on June 30, it will be the driest season since records began being kept in downtown Los Angeles in July 1877.
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...