Robles diversion March 14

Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Runoff from potent storms has been flowing into Lake Casitas nearly nonstop via the Robles diversion canal, pictured here at around 5 p.m on March 14.

A major winter storm initially forecast to bring more rain than the previous week’s storm didn’t quite live up to expectations, but did deliver a healthy amount of rain to the Ojai Valley this week.

The warm, atmospheric river weather system that arrived on March 14 dropped about 3 inches of rain on the valley floor, exactly as forecast. “But what we didn’t get was the expected upslope, higher mountain totals that we typically see,” said Mike Wofford, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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