More than eight and a half inches of rain have fallen in Marina del Rey this month, according to the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center Weather Station, which provides real-time and historical weather data for Southland boaters

During the current calendar year, seven days have had one inch or more rainfall in the Marina area.

Although Marina del Rey is often known to sailors as a “light-air” venue, the Marina has experienced winds as high as 32 knots this year.

The temperature has ranged from 85 degrees in mid-January to a low of 43 degrees in early January.

The weather station atop the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, at 14001 Fiji Way, provides weather information such as temperatures, humidity, wind, rainfall and storm totals on its Web site at www.weather.marinaaquat

iccenter.org

The Marina Aquatic Center has operated its weather gathering information site on the south jetty of the Marina for almost 40 years at the site of the UCLA crew and sailing teams.

From the site, the Marina Aquatic Center also offers a range of beginning and advanced classes in sailing, sea kayaking, rowing, surfing and windsurfing.

Aquatic center officials say Marina sailors know about the weather station and use it to check the weather conditions before heading out on the water.

Others use the archived data as a gauge of what the wind was like while they were out on the water.

Every month the weather station Web site receives several thousand hits.

The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center weather station also contributes weather information to the National Weather Service Weather Observer program and to the Weather Underground network of personal weather stations.

Information about the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, www.recreation.ucla.edu/mac

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