Lowest rainfall in 143 years
October 27, 2013
Droopy trees, smelly lakes and wilted flowers blanket San Luis Obispo County as a result of the lowest rainfall experienced in 143 years.
The county is slipping further into drought with 3.5 inches of rainfall between January and October marking the driest year since record keeping began in 1870, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey. The second lowest year for pre-October precipitation was 1984 with 4.3 inches of water.
Current precipitation levels are far from the average January through October rainfall of 16.49 inches, according to the weather channel. San Luis Obispo County averages 50 rainy days per-year with rainfall of 23 inches.
Rain is expected on Monday and Tuesday, though less than half an inch is predicted.