Rainfall totals from Hurricane Hilary

The tropical storm drenched the region with record-breaking rain

National Weather Service rainfalls San Diego Count Hurricane Hilary

Rainfalls reported on Monday, Aug. 21.

San Diego had a wet start to the week thanks to rain from Tropical Storm Hilary — the first storm of its kind to make landfall in 84 years. This historic event also soaked San Diego County with rainfall totals that shattered records.

According to the National Weather Service, the City of San Diego tallied 1.82 inches of rain on Sunday, Aug. 20, its highest total ever recorded for a day in August. The same record was set in Oceanside Harbor (2.38 inches), Ramona (2.03 inches), and El Cajon (1.86 inches).

The storm also drenched Cuyamaca (4.11 inches), Escondido (2.66 inches), and Vista (2.12 inches). These single-day measurements surpass rainfall records in those communities for the entire month of August.

More impressive rainfall totals:

  • Mount Laguna: 7.11 inches
  • Fallbrook: 3.08 inches
  • Carlsbad: 2.50 inches
  • Encinitas: 2.14 inches
  • Borrego Springs: 2.01 inches
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