Yes, Bakersfield really did have more rain than SF in 2013

Posted by Mark Grossi on January 6, 2014 

In a story last week, I mentioned San Francisco had less rain than Bakersfield in 2013, and I heard from readers who checked the facts.

Downtown San Francisco had 5.59 inches -- meager, indeed, but certainly more than Bakersfield's 3.43 inches. You're right if you saw that discrepancy.

But, just to clarify, I was not quoting the downtown number. I was talking about the airport total, which was 3.38 inches.

"But people don't live at the airport," a reader told me. "You should have used downtown."

Fair enough, but Bakersfield's rainfall totals also come from an airport -- Meadows Field. On the next drought record, I'll note the difference in the story.

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