LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The recent stormy weather has made a dent in the rainfall deficit in Los Angeles after months of drought.

The National Weather Service says that as of Monday morning, downtown LA has received 5.72 inches of rain for the water year that began July 1. The deficit now stands at 5.74 inches, and the percent of normal rainfall to date has increased to 50 percent.

The period from Feb. 27 through March 1 also marked the greatest number of consecutive days with 1 inch or more of rainfall downtown in more than three years. Daily totals were 1.05 inches, 2.24 inches and 1 inch.

It was only the 15th time that an inch or more has been recorded on three or more consecutive days since record-keeping began there in 1877.

Over four days of wet weather, several Southern California cities got hefty amounts of rain — Pasadena received 5.40 inches of rain, while Ojai saw 6.21 inches of rain. Van Nuys reported five inches of rain.

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