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Rainfall:

Of the wettest years of the 20th century in Santa Barbara, ten of them were in El Niño* years according to the UCSB Department of Geography.
Santa Barbara city average yearly rainfall is 18 inches. Rain season is calculated from September 1 to August 31.

  • June 17, 1859 there was a 133 degree simoon recorded
  • December 31, 1878 a typhoon and southeast storm took out the Chapala Street wharf

WETTEST TO DRIEST YEARS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

  • 1. 1940-1941* 45.2 inches
  • 2. 1977-1978* 40.4 inches
  • 3. 1994-1995* 39.9 inches
  • 4. 1982-1983* 39.7 inches
  • 5. 1908-1909 36.3 inches
  • 6. 1957-1958* 32.0 inches
  • 7. 1910-1911 31.9 inches
  • 8. 1913-1914* 31.4 inches
  • 9. 1951-1952 31.2 inches
  • 10. 1968-1969* 30.5 inches
  • 11. 1904-1905* 29.7 inches
  • 12. 1906-1907* 27.7 inches
  • 13. 1992-1993* 26.4 inches
  • 14. 1961-1962 26.2 inches
  • 15. 1937-1938 26.1 inches


THE 50 YEAR RAINFALL DATA FOR SANTA CRUZ ISLAND for 1868-1918 WAS COMPILED BY VAIL, DODGE AND RUSSELL [VDR].
THE AVERAGE SANTA CRUZ ISLAND RAINFALL FOR THAT 50-YEAR PERIOD WAS 18.70 INCHES.

RAINFALL DATA 1919 THROUGH 1961 WAS COMPILED FROM RECORDS AT THE MAIN RANCH [MR], SANTA CRUZ ISLAND.

RAINFALL AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
YEAR AMOUNT
1868-1869 inches VDR
1869-1870 15.77 inches VDR
1870-1871 10.27 inches VDR
1871-1872 8.91 inches VDR
1872-1873 14.94 inches
1873-1874 10.52 inches
1874-1875 14.44 inches
1875-1876 18.71 inches
1876-1877 23.07 inches
1877-1878 4.49 inches
1878-1879 28.51 inches
1879-1880 13.61 inches
1880-1881 25.64 inches
1881-1882 15.23 inches
1882-1883 14.27 inches
1883-1884 13.41 inches
1884-1885 34.47 inches
1885-1886 13.29 inches
1886-1887 24.24 inches
1887-1888 12.96 inches
1888-1889 21.73 inches
1889-1890 21.04 inches
1890-1891 32.47 inches
1891-1892 17.31 inches
1892-1893 10.76 inches
1893-1894 27.02 inches
1894-1895 7.02 inches
1895-1896 16.34 inches
1896-1897 13.32 inches
1897-1898 18.50 inches
1898-1899 4.57 inches
1900-1901 12.35 inches
1901-1902 12.65 inches
1902-1903 15.40 inches
1903-1904 20.74 inches
1904-1905 11.58 inches
1905-1906 29.64 inches
1906-1907 22.68 inches
1907-1908 27.74 inches
1908-1909 19.00 inches
1909-1910 35.82 inches
1910-1911 19.61 inches
1911-1912 31.94 inches
1912-1913 16.35 inches
1913-1914 12.78 inches
1914-1915 31.52 inches
1915-1916 21.46 inches
1916-1917 25.88 inches
1917-1918 22.56 inches
1918-1919 21.68 inches
1919-1920 14.16 inches
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