2013 Was San Ramon's Driest Year on Record

The dry year in San Ramon resulted in a major wild pig problems across the city's suburbs.

Mount Diablo saw less than 7 inches of rain in 2013.
Mount Diablo saw less than 7 inches of rain in 2013.
If you're feeling a little parched as this year comes to a close, there's a reason.

On Tuesday, San Ramon -- and the rest of Northern California -- finished 2013 with the driest rainfall year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported its rain gauges on Mount Diablo recorded 6.56 inches of precipitation for 2013.

The normal average total for the mountain is over 25 inches.

It was also more than 2 inches below the previous record of 8.91 set in 1976.

NOAA officials said there were record dry years at all 27 of its Bay Area stations. The agency has been keeping records since 1917.

Dry weather over the better half of 2013 brought wild pigs to the lush suburban yards of San Ramon causing thousands of dollars in damage, confirmed the California Dept. of Wildlife official.

As low as the rainfall was in 2013, the San Ramon area still fared better than 17 other regions.

The lowest on the NOAA list was Gilroy, which received 2.56 inches of rain this year. That's 12 percent of normal and more than 8 inches below its previous record of 11.18 inches.

Oakland received 4.24 inches of rain, 18 percent of normal and well below the previous record of 10.02 inches.

The only two areas with more than 10 inches were Muir Woods and Occidental in the North Bay.

Muir Woods received 12.69 inches, 33 percent of normal. Occidental got 15.45 inches, 27 percent below its normal of 56 inches per year.


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