Lighting streaked the sky and heavy rain pelted rooftops in the west San Fernando Valley late Friday as a much anticipated thudnerstorm drenched a region that had just seen its driest year in 130 years. The storm dropped between 1/3 of an inch to just over half-an-inch of rain from Woodland Hills to Van Nuys as of midnight as it barrelled east, according to the National Weather Service. “It swept in mostly after dark,” said Dave Bruno, a weather service meteorologist based at Oxnard. “The thing is it’s still going to rain in the next several hours.” The late-summer storm – autumn begins today – originated in British Columbia and also is bringing lower temperatures until Sunday. The rains came after Los Angeles saw its driest season in 130 years of recorded history. Only 3.21 inches fell between July 1, 2006 and 2007 in Downtown Los Angeles – nearly one foot below normal. The last measurable rains were recorded April 22. Bruno said the storm will continue to douse the region through today, but it’s not going to last. “It looks dry for the rest of the month,” he said. “But it’s a little bonus though.” City News Service contributed to this report [email protected] (818) 713-3682160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!