Friday, August 27, 2010

[californiadisasters] Heat, Moisture Trigger Thunderstorms & Hail

Heat, moisture trigger thunderstorms and hail

By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2010 |  8:49 pm
Intense heat seared much of Southern California for a fourth day Thursday as subtropical moisture triggered thunderstorms that caused torrents of water to push mud and softball-sized rocks across roadways and block one of the state's main north-south arteries.

As inland areas baked under triple-digit temperatures, firefighters from Menifee in Riverside County to Tehachapi in Kern County responded to multiple small brush fires, officials said. Thunderstorms also dropped hail in San Jacinto and Menifee.

But the worst of the weather struck along U.S 395 in Inyo County.

A strong afternoon thunderstorm barreled through the area, causing a 4-foot wall of mud to block both lanes of the highway near the Coso Junction area, about 130 miles north of Los Angeles, according to witnesses and the California Highway Patrol.


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