SLO County weather: Storm brings second day of rain

Parts of San Luis Obispo County received record amounts of rain as an early season storm drenched the central coast for a second day.

The storm, which was unusual for this time of year, brought much-needed moisture to the parched region.

Typically, SLO County does not receive substantial amounts of precipitation until October.

San Luis Obispo has broken precipitation records two days in a row.

The city saw 0.32 inches of rain on Sunday, breaking the previous daily record of 0.09 inches set in 1959, according to the National Weather Service.

San Luis Obispo received 0.54 inches of rain Monday, breaking a record of 0.37 inches set in 1959, the NWS reported.

Although Paso Robles didn’t set a rainfall record on Sunday — receiving just 0.07 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service — the area received a record amount of rain on Monday.

Paso Robles saw 0.24 inches of rain that day, surpassing a record of 0.16 inches set in 1966, the NWS reported.

Some areas of the county received more than two inches of rain from the storm, according to the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works, which records rainfall totals in various areas of the county.

Warm, sunny weather is forecast for SLO County for the rest of the week, according to the NWS.

Temperatures in the San Luis Obispo area will likely hit the 70s or 80s by Saturday, reaching the 80s or 90s in the Paso Robles area, the agency predicted.

Rain pools on the leaves of a succulent next to Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. An early season rainstorm dropped up to 1.5 inches of rain in parts of San Luis Obispo County. David Middlecamp [email protected]

SLO County Precipitation Totals

Here’s how much rain fell in your area from Sunday to Monday, according to the Public Works Department:

  • Cambria: 0.86 inches of rain
  • Templeton: 0.06 inches
  • Santa Margarita: 1.22 inches
  • Morro Bay near Hollister Peak: 0.61 inches
  • Los Osos landfill: 0.48 inches
  • Camp San Luis: 0.51 inches
  • Lake Lopez: 2.01 inches
  • Arroyo Large: 2.1 inches
  • Oceano: 1.85 inches
  • Nipomo East: 0.94 inches
Bryan New helps his 2-year-old son Bennett learn the joy of splashing in puddles. The first rainfall of the season fell in San Luis Obispo County on September 19, 2022. David Middlecamp [email protected]

This story was originally published September 20, 2022 11:19 a.m.

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Mackenzie Shuman writes primarily about Cal Poly, SLO County education, and the environment for The Tribune. She is from Monument, Colorado and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in May 2020. When not writing, Mackenzie spends time outdoors to hiking, running and rock climbing.