Average Yearly Rainfall at California Beaches

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The tables below give yearly averages for rainfall at beaches, cities and parks along the Pacific Ocean in California.

Each place has a total for the amount of precipitation it usually receives in a year. Most locations also have information on the number of days with wet weather. That includes the days when precipitation amounts to 0.01 inches (0.25 millimetres) or more.

The annual rainfall totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

You can jump to a separate table for each region of the state: Southern Coast, Los Angeles Area, Central Coast, San Francisco Area and Northern Coast.

Southern California Coast

Average annual total rainfall
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  – Imperial Beach 10.5   267
  33 Laguna Beach 13.8   351
  35 Newport Beach 10.6   270
  33 Oceanside 10.3   262
  42 San Diego 10.3   263
  – Santa Catalina Island 13.7   349

Los Angeles Area

Average yearly precipitation
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  35 Long Beach 12.3   311
  35 Oxnard 15.9   404
  30 Santa Monica 12.7   322

Central California Coast

Total rainfall averages
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  66 Big Sur State Park 44.9 1140
  46 Lompoc 16.0   406
  74 Monterey 17.8   453
  50 Morro Bay 17.5   444
  49 Pismo Beach 16.9   429
  57 Salinas 12.8   326
  39 Santa Barbara 19.4   494

San Francisco Area

Average amount of rain in a year
Days Place Inches Millimetres
117 Half Moon Bay 29.0   737
  67 Pacifica 31.9   811
  64 San Francisco, Fort Funston 20.7   525
  93 San Gregorio 30.8   782
  66 Santa Cruz 31.4   796

Northern California Coast

Yearly rainy weather
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  – Crescent City 64.0 1626
128 Eureka 40.3 1024
111 Fort Bragg 43.5 1104
  – Fort Ross State Park 39.9 1013
128 Klamath 79.6 2022
  96 Shelter Cove 62.0 1575
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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