Ojai rain totals top county
by Lenny Roberts
Five inches of much-welcomed rain wasn't enough to call off
the drought, turn parched hillsides green, or get Ojai's creeks
and barrancas running - yet.
But the powerful yet non-torrential three-day Pacific storm was
enough for Ojai to lead the county in the race against the drought
that saw rainfall totals at their lowest in decades; ease the
burden of ranchers and homeowners who have long been faced with
summer-like water bills; and lessen the extreme wildland fire
As the storm moved east late Saturday night, it had dumped 5.1
inches locally, according to the Ventura County Flood Control
The steady rain caused a few trees to topple, causing some property
damage, falling rocks, power outages and minor traffic accidents,
but no one was reportedly injured.
AccuWeather, Ojai's official Web site weather provider and forecaster,
states that temperatures should remain at or above normal through
the end of the week, and no rain is forecast through the next
For current conditions and a complete, long-range forecast, click
link on our home page.
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weekends rain didn't slow down Thacher students Martha Gregory,
14, and Katherine Bechtel, 17, one bit. The pair, seen here during
a break from their Frisbee practice, had no problems playing
in the first storm of the season.