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CHICO — If things felt odd Tuesday, you can always blame it on the weather.

On June 21, the 100-degree weather had people cranking up their air conditioners. Tuesday, people were digging in storage bins for rain gear as three times more rain than has even fallen here on a June 28 poured from the skies.

The record for Chico rainfall on this date, according to the National Weather Service, was .33 inches on June 28, 1952.

As of 7 p.m., the Enterprise-Record weather station had recorded 1.03 inches of rain since midnight. The high at midnight was 73 degrees, but most of the day the temperatures were in the 60s.*

Wet weather this late in June is rare, but not unprecedented.

In 1997, the last day of June saw .28 inches of rain and in 1992 the clouds dropped .32 inches on June 29, according to records maintained by the Enterprise-Record. On June 29, 1991, a storm dumped 1.18 inches of rain over a 24-hour period.

But overall, if there”s rain in June, it tends to fall early in the month. And in nine of the past 26 years, the total June rainfall was zero.

In Chico, sprinkles are expected to continue early today, with a predicted high of 79 degrees. Then the uncomfortable heat will resume, rising to 82 Thursday, 90 on Friday and a sweltering 97 by Saturday.

Tom Dang, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said he didn”t have records for Chico, but in Sacramento there has only been measurable rainfall on June 28 three times since 1877.

The low pressure system that caused Tuesday”s rain was not very cold, and the snow level was 8,000 feet.

“It”s supposed to be in the 90s this time of year,” Dang said.

Kevin Klocke, a park guide at Lassen Volcanic National Park, said he was “pretty socked in” by rain at his post at 6,700 feet. The rain is falling on an existing five feet of snow, Klocke reported

Park officials had hoped to have the park road open by the July 4 weekend “but with this past weather we weren”t able to make it.”

Last year, the road through the park was cleared July 8, and the year before by June 4.

The roads are open to snowshoe and cross-country skiing locations, at the south entrance, he said, which still should be fun for snow enthusiasts for a little while longer.

For weather conditions at the park: nps.gov/lavo/index.htm, then click on “road status” or call 595-4480.

Staff writer Heather Hacking can be reached at 896-7758 or hhacking@chicoer.com.


Correction, Wednesday, June 29, 2011: The original version of this story incorrectly said it was 73 degrees at noon. Tuesday”s high of 73 degrees actually occurred at midnight.Return to corrected sentence.

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