2010: A Squall line thunderstorms moved across the San Francisco International Airport producing wind gusts to 59 mph.
A very wet and dynamic series of storms across Southern California started on this
day and ended on
Rainfall ranged from 2"-4" in
the deserts, to 4"-8" west of the mountains, to 6"-12" on
the coastal slopes.
Widespread flooding resulted across the region.
Snowfall of 40"-60" was reported at the higher resorts, with up to 84" at the highest ski resorts.
Some of the worst flash flooding occurred in
the high desert on
the 1/21/2010 due to the prolonged heavy rainfall.
Scores of homes and several schools sustained damage, and many roads were washed out in
Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville and Adelanto.
Numerous swift water rescues were needed, one of which likely saved four teens trapped in
a storm water drain. On
1/19/2010 a tornado went through Seal Beach and Huntington Beach causing local damage including boats in
Huntington Harbor, and wind gusts reached 60 mph in
Several waterspouts and very strong winds of 93 mph were also reported in
Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. On
1/21/2010 the surface pressure fell to an all-time record low of 29.15" (987.1 mb) at San Diego Lindbergh Field, the lowest since reliable pressure records began in
Two deaths in
Tijuana were attributed to the flooding.
A tree fell onto a mobile home in
Lakeside, causing one fatality on
Brief 2-minute EF0 tornado touched down in
Fresno (near intersection of SR 180 and Marks Ave.) just before 3:30 PM.
No damage was reported. 1996:
Strong wind gusts blew across the Kern County deserts, knocking down trees, fences, and 30 power poles.
Gusts of 70 mph were clocked in
Ridgecrest and 64 mph in California
A very wet series of storms that began on
1..6 and ended on this
day produced 20"-50" of precipitation in
the mountains and up to 12" at lower elevations over a two week period.
It was one of the longest periods of consecutive days of rain on
record (13) and measurable rain fell nearly every day from 1.2 to 1.19.
Flooding and flash flooding, mud slides, etc., resulted. On this
day a tornado touched down in
Orange County causing property damage and a funnel cloud was observed in
Death Valley received 0.37" of rain, which ended a consecutive streak of 378 days with no precipitation. 1988:
Tornadoes touched down in
Mission Viejo and San Clemente causing property damage.
A baseball dugout was blown 150 yards into the middle of a city street.
Surf rose to 20 feet along the beaches, causing $50 million worth of damage.
Boulders protecting Mission Bay were washed away.
Asphalt and dunes were washed out in
Mission Beach, condos were flooded by ocean water and kelp; three feet of kelp landed in
a front yard and more kelp went through a garage window!
A boat was capsized. 1987:
A very cold air mass remained over the Southern California region from 1.16 to this
It was 10° F
at Mt. Laguna, 17° F
at Bonsall, 22° F
at Valley Center, 24° F in
Poway, 26° F in
El Cajon, 31° F in
Chula Vista and 36° F
at San Diego.
Substantial avocado crop loss was estimated in
the millions of dollars. On
1.17 the temperature fell to 24° F in
Fallbrook and 28° F in
Two homeless died of hypothermia.1979:
A tornado hit Midway, Mission Hills, Encanto and Tierrasanta in
It is not known if this
was one tornado or more. Extensive damage occurred in
all these neighborhoods.1973:
Heavy rain that began on
1.16 ended on this
Local amounts up to 3" fell on
1.16 and an additional 3" fell on this
Local flooding, mud slides and power outages resulted.1971:
A warm Santa Ana condition brought a 95° F
reading to LA, the highest January
It was 95° F
Palm Springs, the highest temperature on
record for January
Heavy rains of tropical origin began on this
day and ended on
As much as 50" of rain fell at 7,700 feet.
31" of rain fell on
the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 15.5" at San Jacinto Peak, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" from Indio southeast.
87 were reported dead from flooding and mud slides all over California
Scores died in
Hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed in
slides, including 14 destroyed and 11 damaged homes in
Mt. Baldy Village.
50 homes near Forest Home (Forest Falls) were damaged by flooding.
Highways and railroads washed out.
Power outages occurred. Cucamonga Creek itself caused $10 million in
The Mojave River took out numerous bridges and flooded farmlands in
the upper desert. 1954:
Forty-four day dry spell of no measurable rain ends in
Bakersfield, 0.11" of rain fell.1954:
Heavy rain "averaged" about three inches around Upland and Rancho Cucamonga and more than four inches in
the mountains on this
day and on
Floods and debris flows struck these communities and blocked or damaged roads.
Debris flows at least ten feet deep in
Arcadia nearly killed people and large boulders smashed into homes.
These debris flows followed wildfires in
the San Gabriel Mountains.
A series of storms brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the Southern California region starting on
1.13 and ending on this
day. On this
day 3.98" of rain fell in
LA, 3.17" of it in
At least eight died in
the flooding. 5.52" fell in
San Bernardino over the six days.
Flooding was reported in
Upland and Ontario..
Heavy snow hit the San Bernardino Mountains with 40" in
Lake Arrowhead (with a snow depth of 46"), and 37" in
Big Bear Lake..
All mountain roads were blocked and closed because of snow slides. 1917: The morning low temperature at Bridgeport (Mono Co.) was -33° F.
Widespread heavy rains hit Southern California
1.14 and ending on
1.21. 8.5" fell during this
16.71" fell in
24 hours at Squirrel Inn (near Lake Arrowhead) on
1.16 and on
1.17, a record 24 hour rainfall for California
More than 9" fell in
two storms in
the Coachella Valley.
Previous storms had deposited deep snow in
the mountains, adding to the runoff.
Widespread flooding resulted and at least 22 died.
Chula Vista, poultry farm in
Vista, boats in
Coronado and Newport were damaged.
Most cities were completely inundated.
Pine trees from Palomar Mountain floated down the San Luis Rey River through Oceanside.
The cities of Indio, Coachella and Mecca were underwater.
Ontario and Redlands were isolated and roads, railroads and bridges were washed out. 1914: 38" of snow fell at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe). 1914:
A heavy rain storm gave almost 9" of rain to Lytle Creek, 0.64" in
San Bernardino on this
Colton was flooded and isolated. Orchards, highways and railroads damaged all over the northern Inland Empire.
One was killed.
Flooding rains continued on
and off through 2.21.
1890: 27" of snow fell at Virginia City, NV.
Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego
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