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Forecast Calls for a Christmas with Clear Skies

The wet weather we’ve been having is barely a drop compared to rainstorms that began Christmas Eve 1861.

San Diego County will have a brief break from the rain, with sunny skies in the forecast for Christmas Day. The recent showers dropped .09 of an inch of rainfall in Ramona Monday and more moisture could roll through beginning late Tuesday night.

However wet it may seem now, it’s nothing compared with what the West Coast went through way back in 1861, when it began to rain on Christmas Eve and continued to pour for 30 straight days.

The Noachian Deluge of California killed 20 people in Orange County and dropped 35 inches of rain in Los Angeles by the time it ended on Jan. 23, 1862. San Diego recorded seven inches of rain in January that year.

The San Diego River carved a new channel into San Diego Bay, Mission Valley was completely under water and Old Town was evacuated in what the National Weather Service calls the worst flooding to date in San Diego County.  

That kind of weather chaos is not currently in the cards, according to the NWS forecast for Ramona:

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind around 5 mph.

Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday night: A 30 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Wednesday night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the evening.

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