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blog picTHE LAST TWO WINTER SEASONS HAVE PRODUCED BELOW AVERAGE RAINFALL. NOAA IS USING SANTA MARIA AS A PROXY STATION BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION IN NORTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY JUST SOUTH OF THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY LINE, AND IT’S OVER 100 YEAR LENGTH OF RECORD.

THE MOST RECENT WATER YEAR FROM JULY 1 2012 TO JUNE 30 2013 HAD 6.22 INCHES OF RAINFALL. THE ANNUAL AVERAGE IN SANTA MARIA IS 13.95 INCHES.  THAT MEANS THE PAST WATER YEAR HAD A 7.73 INCH RAINFALL DEFICIT WHICH RANKED AS THE 4TH DRIEST SINCE 1906, WHEN RECORDS BEGAN AT THIS  STATION. THE PREVIOUS WATER YEAR FROM JULY 1 2011 TO JUNE 30 2012 HAD 9.70 INCHES OF RAINFALL OR A DEFICIT OF 4.25 INCHES. THE  RAINFALL DEFICIT IN SANTA MARIA OVER THE PAST TWO WATER YEARS TOTALS 11.98 INCHES.

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