Ventura County
Watershed Protection District

Special Media Storm Statement


Media Resources - Updated September 20, 2013

Listed below are the all-time wettest and driest years on record. The 2004-05 and 2012-13 Water Years are highlighted in Bold.  Data for the 2012-2013 years are considered preliminary.

The Old Timers' Rainfall Chart for Ventura Downtown (pdf) - Displays monthly rainfall in chart form for the entire period of record.

The Effects of El Nino/La Nina (Charts) - Updated through 2013, these charts show the seasonal rainfall departure from Normal and shaded to the intensity of the El Nino/La Nina. El Nino/La Nina data provided by NOAA. NOAA is forecasting a 60% chance of El Nino for winter 2013-14.  See how the intensity of El Nino and La Nina affected rainfall for various parts of Ventura County.

The Effects of El Nino/La Nina on Rainfall for Ventura Downtown (pdf)
The Effects of El Nino/La Nina on Rainfall for Fillmore (pdf)
The Effects of El Nino/La Nina on Rainfall for Simi Valley (pdf)
The Effects of El Nino/La Nina on Rainfall for Lockwood Valley (pdf)


Historical Driest Years

Ventura #66 Port Hueneme #17 Ojai #30 Santa Paula #245 Piru #36
Period 1873-2013 Period 1891-2013 Period 1906-2013 Period 1961-2013 Period 1927-2013
Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain
1 1876-77 4.62 1 1989-90 3.75 1 1923-24 6.88 1 2006-07 4.98 1 2006-07 5.79
2 1989-90 4.88 2 1897-98 4.67 2 2006-07 7.43 2 2012-13 5.96 2 1960-61 6.17
3 1947-48 5.51 3 2013-14 5.14 3 1986-87 7.68 3 2013-14 6.15 3 2001-02 6.28
4 1948-49 5.85 4 1958-59 5.55 4 2001-02 7.71 4 1960-61 6.62 4 1989-90 6.60
5 2013-14 6.20 5 1923-24 5.67 5 1960-61 8.97 5 2001-02 6.98 5 2013-14 6.63*
6 1960-61 6.51 tie 1947-48 5.67 6 2012-13 9.07 6 1989-90 7.08 6 2012-13 7.31
7 2012-13 6.58 7 2012-13 6.20 7 2013-14 9.16 7 1986-87 7.42 7 1986-87 7.45
Normal 14.71   Normal 13.62 Normal 21.32 Normal 17.35 Normal 17.39
Camarillo #219 Simi Valley #193 Moorpark #141/ 126 Thousand Oaks #128 Fillmore #199
Period 1965-2013 Period 1955-2013 Period 1949-2013 Period 1943 -2013 Period 1959-2013
Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain
1 2013-14 4.18* 1 2013-14 4.55 1 1960-61 4.98 1 2006-07 4.24 1 2006-07 5.97
2 2012-13 5.16 2 2001-02 4.87 2 2006-07 5.37 2 2013-14 4.55 2 2012-13 6.16
3 2006-07 5.23 3 1960-61 5.29 3 2013-14 5.38 3 2012-13 4.82 3 1960-61 6.47
4 1989-90 5.45 4 1986-87 5.42 4 2001-02 5.97 4 1960-61 5.55 4 2001-02 6.73
5 2001-02 6.00 5 1989-90 5.47 5 1989-90 6.05 5 2001-02 5.59 5 2013-14 6.79
6 1986-87 6.67 6 2006-07 5.95 6 2012-13 6.13 6 2003-04 5.75 6 1989-90 7.34
7 2003-04 6.95 7 2012-13 6.16 7 1986-87 6.34 7 1989-90 6.22 7 1986-87 7.69
  Normal 13.45   Normal 14.89   Normal 14.45   Normal 15.60   Normal 18.44

Note:  * Totals are partially estimated for this report.

 

Historical Wettest Years

Ventura #66 Port Hueneme #17 Ojai #30 Santa Paula #245 Piru #36
Period 1873-2006 Period 1891-2006 Period 1906-2006 Period 1961-2006 Period 1927-2006
Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain
1 1997-98 38.65 1 1997-98 35.90 1 1997-98 49.20 1 1997-98 45.22 1 1997-98 41.45
2 1940-41 36.71 2 1940-41 32.99 2 1977-78 48.60 2 2004-05 40.37 2 2004-05 40.86
3* 1883-84 36.13 3 1982-83 31.62 3 1968-69 46.61 3 1940-41 38.51 3 1982-83 40.36
4 2004-05 35.93 4 1977-78 29.02 4 1940-41 45.24 4 1994-95 37.89 4 1940-41 38.57
5 1977-78 33.56 5 1994-95 27.82 5 2004-05 43.84 5 1982-83 37.70 5 1977-78 38.50
6 1994-95 32.60 6 1979-80 27.14 6 1982-83 43.06 6 1977-78 34.58 6 1968-69 32.75
8 2004-05 25.28
Normal 14.71   Normal 13.62 Normal 21.32 Normal 17.35 Normal 17.39
Camarillo #219 Simi Valley #154 Moorpark #141 Thousand Oaks #128 Fillmore #199
Period 1965-2006 Period 1948-2006 Period 1949-2006 Period 1943 -2006 Period 1959-2006
Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain Rank Year Rain
1 1997-98 34.95 1 1997-98 38.24 1 1997-98 35.04 1 1997-98 33.32 1 1997-98 45.95
2 2004-05 30.69 2 1982-83 35.06 2 2004-05 34.84 2 1982-83 32.75 2 1982-83 41.00
3 1982-83 29.12 3 1977-78 34.06 3 1982-83 32.48 3 1968-69 31.74 3 2004-05 40.90
4 1977-78 27.52 4 2004-05 31.84 4 1977-78 30.81 4 1994-95 30.07 4 1977-78 39.56
5 1994-95 24.19 5 1992-93 29.45 5 1951-52 29.01 5 2004-05 30.06 5 1992-93 35.96
6 1979-80 23.96 6 1994-95 27.80 6 1957-58 26.47 6 1977-78 29.95 6 1968-69 35.93
  Normal 13.45   Normal 14.89   Normal 14.45   Normal 15.60   Normal 18.44

New records were set in these mountain locations in 2005.
Murietta Divide    97.58
Chief Peak           81.54
Topa Topa           55.44
Mutau Flat            42.79
Black Mountain    41.12

* Ventura City has the only historical data available for the 1883-1884 Season.  The 1883-84 Season was the all-time wettest on record for the city of Los Angeles.

 

Note: Ventura County water year is from Oct. 1 to Sep. 30.  NWS water year is from July 1 to June 30. Normals calculated from the 1957-1992 base period. All rainfall is measured in inches.

Ventura County Watershed Protection District
Hydrology Section


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