Rainfall Totals For 2023 Only

It is a bit hard to report rain totals when some storms last for days.  Some days it appears that it has rained but such a small drizzle falls, that my rain gauge fails to measure it.  Let me offer some rain totals day by day from notes I took but realize that the total rain total will increase each following day until the storm passes.  I have tried to box the days together for each storm total.  I have checked rain totals with friends that have rain gauges and have come to understand that the rainfall can vary quite a lot with just a few miles difference.  The rain totals shown here are at the north end of Placentia.  I call this area the Placentia Indian Reservation because all the streets here have Indian names.  Other parts of Placentia should have slightly different rain totals.  I have a friend living 2.2 miles west of my house in Brea.  He showed me his rain gauge received just over 3 inches of rain for January 18, while my rain gauge showed just under 3 inches of rain.   It seems further the distance between rain gauges, the rain totals can vary even more!


January 1:  1.4 inches.

This storm total:  1.4 inches.  (This rain fall was part of a storm that started days before but we only show the first day in 2023 that rain falls.)

Where in Orange County did New Year’s Eve rain hit hardest?


January 3:  0.6 inches

January 4:  .42 inches.

January 5:   1.8 inches.  (Shows 3 total days of rainfall)

This storm total:  1.8 inches.


January 9:  1.5 inches.

January 10:  2.54 inches, shows two days of total rainfall.

This storm total:  2.54 inches.


January 14: 1.47 inches

January 15:  2.28 inches

January 16:  2.91 inches (shows all 3 days total rain fall)

This storm total:  2.91 inches.

Single day of light rain, January 19:  .20 inches of rain.


Two days of very light rain:

January 29:  Rain was so seldom and very light that it was hard to determine how much rain fell each day.  So only a total rainfall is shown for the last day.

January 30:  0.04 inches total.

This storm total:  0:04 inches.


February 22,   .06 inches of rain

February 23, 24, 25   3.91 inches of rain.

February 26, 27, 28.      .77 inches of rain.

March 1 & 2.  1.51 inches of rain.

March 4.  .94 inches of rain

March 5.   .02 inches of rain.

March 7.  1.17 inches of rain.

March 8.  2.70 inches of rain.  (This is rain total for March 7 and 8).

March 19.  0.3 inches of rain to be added to next day total.

March 20.    .42 inches of rain to be added to next day total.

March 21. 2.05 rain total for both March 20 and 21 to be added to March 22.

March 22  3.07 inches of rain for March 20, 21 and 22.

March 29.      .59 inches of rain during the morning.   

March 30.      .34 inches of rain.  Event total for March 29  and March 30  is  (.59 + .34) = 0.93 inches of rain.

April 12 and April 13.   .08 inches inches of drizzle.

April 14.    .01 inches of drizzle

May 23, 2023. .02 inches of rain from coastal drizzle.

May 24, 2023. .03 inches of rain due to costal drizzle.

June 4 and 5.   0.01 inches of rain.  Very light drizzle.

June 15 2023.  0.03 inches of rain.  Morning drizzle.

August 10, 2023.  0.0 inches.  A cyclone that came up to the west side of Mexico, stalled and moved northward toward California was expected to provide some rain to southern California but our weather station measured no rainfall.

August 20, 2023:  A very unusual weather event impacted Southern California.  A hurricane named Hilary came up from Baja Mexico and it’s path was expected to come into the south west corner of California, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and move north by north east into Utah and Nevada.
Our weather station failed to measure any rainfall because our weather station uses a very small water collection cup that rocks back and forth.  I had to take the weather station apart and clean that rain cup.  So, I missed the first amount of rainfall.  I use a rain collection device to record the rainfall up to the point that I repaired the weather station.  

Rain total August 21, 2023 = 3 inch.  See image below.

Final rainfall for post-tropical cyclone Hilary.


September 1, 2023 = 0.05 inches.

September 2, 2023 = 0.02 inches.

September 10, 2023 = 0.040 inches.


GRAND TOTAL:  26.45 inches total so far this year. 



Posted: 1-16-2023
Updated: September 10,, 2023



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  • Hours:
    • Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    • Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Located
    1422 N. Kraemer Blvd.
    Placentia, California   92870
  • Phone: 714-528-9551

I was impressed with this place for altering some men’s shorts that had too large a waist.  I had visited a nearby shop to get a price quote and was told they would charge $20.  I had 4 shorts that needed to be altered.  That price was almost the cost that I paid for the shorts.  The lady that cuts my hair recommended Diane’s Tailoring so I brought my shorts over to her store and she quoted me a price of $12 to alter each of my shorts.  She had me change into the shorts within a dressing room and when I walked out she examined the shorts and appeared to mark the shorts in some way.  The shorts would be completed in just a couple of days and after I picked them up and tried them on at home they were PERFECT!  I was so happy!



Posted: 11-12-2022


Placentia California Library Used Book Sale



Once you enter the front entrance to the Placentia Library you must walk down a short hallway.  On your right is a short hallway which displays a very large selection of used books for sale.

There is even a FREE choice of some books (image below).

Image taken November 12, 2022.
Please note that books on this FREE rack will change with time.

There is also a separate room with a well organized, by broad categories, of books for you to buy.

This is where you pay for used books that are NOT free.


November 10, 2022 the library was donated two boxes of Korean young people books.  These books probably will be offered for sale for 50 cents each.


Posted: 11-9-2022
Updated 11-12-2022


Why Should High School Students Vote?

1. It’s your right.
2. Your vote matters.
3. Shape the social agenda.
4. Economic policies will affect your future.
5. Help shape foreign policy.
6. Have your say on environmental issues.
7. You’re part of an important voting bloc.
8. Politicians won’t address student needs without student votes.
9. Demonstrate concern for the next generation.
10. Honor past sacrifices.

By Douglas Fehlen

If you are 17 now, you will be able to vote in the next election in 2020!



Online Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, who live in California is available NOW!



All Orange County ballots will come in the mail, and the new Vote Centers in OC will provide any needed voter services or assistance.

Placentia First OC City to Leave Fire Authority and Form its Own Fire Department

“Placentia became the first city to completely exit the Orange County Fire Authority and form its own fire department Wednesday morning when the City Council voted 3-1 for the move, despite protests from virtually every firefighter union in OC.”

“I think change or potential for change create fear or nervousness for folks … it’s a little unnerving and it’s a particularly sensitive subject,” Councilman Ward Smith, retired Placentia police chief, said before the nearly 1 a.m. vote.
To read more go to VoiceOfOC.org

Fire Stations and Ambulatory services in Placentia may change!

 To all residents of Yorba Linda and Placentia,  please read the following notice regarding the future of the Fire Stations and Ambulatory services in Placentia. There will be a meeting tonight regarding the future of these critical services in our city and it is important that we get as many people as we can to attend and fight for our right to have a professionally trained and operated Fire House and Ambulatory Services.  Please consider coming to the meeting tonight,

Tuesday 7:00 pm
Placentia City Council Meeting
401 East Chapman Avenue
Placentia, CA

MONDAY, 03 JUNE 2019


Dear citizens and visitors of Placentia:

The City of Placentia and their City Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 4) will include an item on the agenda that City Councilmembers will vote on which, if passed by the Council, will start the process to terminate the long-term relationship that has been developed with the Orange County Fire Authority and the City of Placentia. Instead, effective July 1, 2020, the City of Placentia hopes to have the newly created Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department, which would include a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract with a private ambulance company – Lynch EMS, Inc. (also known as the Lynch Ambulance Company), to provide all responses to medical related emergencies in Placentia with private paramedics providing patient care and transport.

If the Placentia City Council votes to move in this direction, they are putting the health and safety of their residents in jeopardy. Period.

Not only is it not practical for the City of Placentia to establish their own fire protection and suppression agency in just over 12 months, but entering into a contract with a private ambulance company that has never been a first responder in providing 911 emergency medical services for any city in Orange County is a reckless gamble that the residents of Placentia will be forced to endure.

For more than 20 years, the OCFA has been providing first class fire protection, suppression, and advanced emergency medical services in the City of Placentia, working out of Fire Stations 34 and 35. When Placentia residents call 911, they have been able to count on the rapid arrival of experienced, trained, and committed Firefighters and Paramedics from the OCFA to respond and save lives and property on a daily basis.

The OCFA has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest All Hazards Fire Departments in the entire State of California. We currently provide service in 23 Orange County cities (soon to be 24 with the addition of Garden Grove this summer) and the unincorporated areas of our cou nty. We are proud of the fact that from the time of our inception, not a single city has left the Orange County Fire Authority – because of our unparalleled experience, resources, and service that we provide at an affordable rate for our member cities.

The Placentia City Council will hold their regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow night, on Tuesday, June 4th. Here is the information:

Placentia City Council Meeting
401 East Chapman Avenue
Placentia, CA
7:00 pm start time

Agenda item #3B includes the recommendation that the Placentia City Council take the necessary steps to establish their own fire department and contract out EMS services to a private ambulance company with NO history of responding to 911 emergencies in residential communities. In fact, in their written proposal to the City of Placentia, Lynch EMS Inc. writes, “the patients we transport, by policy, are already under the care of a physician in a n ursing care facility or acute care hospital.”

Lynch EMS is similar to most private ambulance companies in Southern California. They are staffed with young, inexperienced EMTs and Paramedics whom are poorly paid, receive minimal benefits, and experience constant employee turnover with EMTs and Paramedics that are quite often in the process of applying to professional fire departments like the OCFA. For a small snapshot of some of the employee reviews that were found on Indeed.com regarding Lynch EMS, please visit this link: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Lynch-Ambulance/reviews.

For those of you who live in Placentia or have family and/or friends who live in this city, we strongly encourage you to attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night and express your concerns about the dramatic change in fire protection and emergency medical services that the City Council will be voting on. We also encourage you to contact the elected officials in Placentia and let them know about your concerns. These elected officials need to hear from their constituents. They are:

Mayor Rhonda Shader. Email Address: rshader@placentia.org
Mayor Pro Tempore Ward Smith. Email Address: wsmith@placentia.org
Councilmember Craig Green. Email Address: cgreen@placentia.org
Councilmember Chad P. Wanke. Email Address: cwanke@placentia.org
Councilmember Jeremy B. Yamaguchi: jyamaguchi@placentia.org

Those who care about the health and wellbeing of the more than 50,000 residents of the City of Placentia should be asking a few very important questions:

1) Why is Placentia the only city looking to leave the Orange County Fire Authority, just as 23 other Orange County cities are happy with the service that they receive at the rate that they are charged?

2) How does the City of Placentia intend to establish their own Fire Department in just one year, considering the fact that it typically takes at least a year to properly screen applications for Firefighter positions, conduct background investigations, and complete a rigorous training academy?

3) In November of 2018 – less than one year ago, Placentia residents overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure U, which implement a one cent sales tax with the promise that this new funding would “Provide funding for essential city services…including quick responses to 911 emergencies… (and) fire protection/emergency medical services.” How is this not a “bait and switch” as voters supported a measure to increase revenue for the City of Placentia by approximately $5 million per year to support core city serv ices, when the number one priority of local government is public safety and leaving the OCFA for a private ambulance provider and the establishment of a currently non-existent fire department will most certainly jeopardize the public safety of Placentia families?

Our longtime Firefighters and Paramedics working out of Fire Stations 34 and 35 – and all of the members of the OCFA – are committed to the people of Placentia. If Placentia decides to leave the OCFA, our Fire Authority will move forward and remain one of the largest, strongest, and most financially viable fire departments in California. This fight is not about us or the Orange County Fire Authority. This is about the people of Placentia who we have been committed to for more than 20 years. THEY will be the ones to suffer if this half-baked proposal moves forward. They deserve better than this.

We hope that our members can spread the word to Placentia residents and stakeholders that they need to speak up and speak out against this terrible proposal. Leaving the OCFA will not save Placentia money and it will not deliver better services. It will only leave their residents in a dangerous situation when it comes to public safety.

So please take a few minutes to share this message with others who will contact Placentia city leaders and attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night to let their voices be heard.

In Solidarity,

Your Orange County Professional Firefighters

Private Message About Past Oil Well Seepage

I also know that there is some type of oil pipeline that runs under either Cobb or Gehrig Streets. We had a seepage there back in the 80’s (oil coming up out of the asphalt) but we could not determine who’s it was or where it was going or coming from. There was probably an old oil field in the area before the homes were built.


From private e-mail received April 9, 2018.