January 6, 2008
Local police departments reported a quiet weekend Sunday, after a projected storm pattern didn’t pack quite the punch forecasters expected. “There’s been nothing serious as of yet,” Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Everett said. Newport Beach reported some “very minor” traffic accidents, but nothing significant, police said. According to the N ational Weather Service, the total rainfall in the Newport-Mesa area reached 1.14 inches by 9 p.m. Sunday — minimal compared to the 2 to 5 inches received in other parts of Orange County.
April 27, 2002
Deepa Bharath The Newport-Mesa area, like the rest of Orange County, can expect rain today through Tuesday, meteorologists say. A series of low pressure areas are expected to move from off the Southern California coast through Tuesday, said Brad Boyle, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego. "It will remain mostly cloudy through the weekend," he said. "We'll also get showers on and off." The rain, though unseasonable this late in spring, is quite welcome, Doyle said.
January 31, 2007
Carry your umbrella this morning, but you can put it away by the afternoon. Rain that began Tuesday in Newport-Mesa is expected to clear up later today, and no more precipitation is expected this week, Noel Isla, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said. The average rainfall for coastal Orange County in January is about 2.5 inches, and only 0.04 of an inch had fallen here as of Tuesday afternoon. That's after the rainy season — December through April — was already off to a dry start, with less-than-average rainfall last month, Isla said.
February 11, 2000
Greg Risling One could say Orange County is inching its way to yearly average rainfall totals after another storm moved through the area Thursday. The storm dropped a small amount of rain Wednesday night and into Thursday. The National Weather Service reported about .10 of an inch rain at John Wayne Airport, although many residents were drenched by a torrential downpour midafternoon Thursday. "It proves you better have a jacket during the winter, even if you are living in sunny California," said James Nevins, who was soaked sitting at a bus stop on Newport Boulevard.
September 24, 2007
The clouds opened over Newport-Mesa late Friday night and continued off and on through Saturday, as Orange County enjoyed its first significant rainfall in nearly two years. In the 24-hour period leading up to 8 a.m. Saturday, Costa Mesa collected 0.67 inches of rain and Corona del Mar 0.71 inches, according to the Orange County Watershed and Coastal Resources Division. The division did not have a listing for Newport Beach as a whole. Jon Lewengrub, an environmental resource specialist for the division, said the storm was Orange County’s first rainfall since April 23 and its largest since Feb. 28, 2006.
February 27, 2001
The rains came. And they came. As the county was pounded for most of Monday with rainfall, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa didn't feel the brunt of the storm's force. For the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Monday, Newport Beach received 0.27 inches of rain. John Wayne Airport, at the Costa Mesa border, received 0.77 inches for the same period, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. The rainfall numbers were lighter that other county cities, such as Anaheim.
March 23, 2005
Andrew Edwards National Weather Service meteorologists predicted that more rain will douse Newport-Mesa through Thursday, but local officials are not worried that forecasts herald another major storm. Preliminary rainfall estimates indicate 1 to 3 more inches of rain will fall around the John Wayne Airport area, forecaster Stan Wasowski said. The first wave of the rain was expected to be heaviest Tuesday night and then calm down today. "It should go into shower mode as we get into Wednesday," Wasowski said.
January 26, 2000
Greg Risling It wasn't much, but it was better than nothing as a slow-moving storm passed through Orange County on Tuesday, dropping less than half an inch of rain. Tuesday's wet weather was just the third time in the last seven months that Orange County has seen significant rainfall. Winter is winding down and county totals are far lower than normal. According to statistics provided by the National Weather Service, a little more than an inch of rain has fallen at John Wayne Airport since July.
October 19, 2004
Deepa Bharath The mid-winter-like storm system, which dumped close to an inch of rainfall over the weekend, is likely to strengthen and produce more rain over the next two days, forecasters said on Monday. Between Sunday and Monday nights, Costa Mesa got 0.17 inches and Newport Beach got 0.08 inches, including a strong downpour Monday afternoon. And that was after an already wet weekend. John Wayne Airport recorded rainfall of 0.82 of an inch as of Sunday evening, a rare occurrence this time of the year, said Steven Vanderburg, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego.