LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scattered statewide showers forced baseball players to sit through rain, horses to run through mud and caused other nuisances. But the rainfall once again fell short of wet expectations for the dry California.
Some coastal areas of Southern California saw nearly an inch of rain Saturday, and some mountain areas had nearly 1 ½ inches. But most urban areas got less than a quarter-inch.
The showers should continue into Sunday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms, forecasters said.
In San Francisco, a downpour delayed the Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game for 41 minutes. In Southern California, the colts in the West Coast's biggest horse race the Santa Anita Derby had to slosh through slop, and jockeys were splattered with mud.
Zoe McGeary, 35, of Oakland saw rains throughout the state as she came south to run the Hollywood Half Marathon.
"It was raining when we left Oakland, and it rained the whole drive down," McGeary said.
"I love it. I'm excited about it," she said. "Every time it rains I'm like, 'Please: Rain, and rain more.' The drought scares me."
Southern California could use any rain it gets. As of Friday, downtown Los Angeles had recorded less than half the normal 13.67 inches of rain that usually falls to date. San Diego has fared better, with a deficit of little more than 2 inches.
While the El Nino warming phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean brought rain and snow to California this winter, most of those storms hit northern areas including the Sierra Nevada while bypassing the southern half of the state.
Meanwhile in Nevada, firefighters rescued four people from flooding caused by heavy rain.
A 50-year-old man got stuck in a flood-control channel in Las Vegas, Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Larry Haydu said. Then a crew discovered three more people trapped in another channel nearby. All three were rescued, and one was hospitalized for a minor leg injury.