On This Date In California Weather History....
2008: Wrightwood received 24 to 38 inches of new snow from 1.23 to this day.
Interstate 15 and Hwy 138 were closed.
Three were killed in avalanches at Mountain High Ski Resort.
1999: Biggest January snowstorm ever at Bakersfield and the greatest measurable snowfall here in 67 years.
Meadows Field recorded 3.0" but amounts between 4 and 6 inches were reported in the Panorama Heights area of Northeast Bakersfield.
In Tulare County snow plows were called out to remove 2"-4" of snow from Highway 99.
The weight of the snow also caused trees and power lines to fall plunging 75,000 customers into darkness in Kern and Tulare Counties.
Snow fell as far north as Fresno were a dusting was observed and as far west as Hanford where a 0.5" accumulated.
Other amounts included: 4.0" at Lindsay, 3.5" at Delano, 3.0" at Wasco and Corcoran, 2.5" at Porterville and 2.0" at Visalia, Taft, Lost Hills, Sanger and Parlier.
1999: A funnel cloud was observed one mile off the coast near Costa Mesa.
1996: Second strong wind event in the same month in the Kern deserts.
Inyokern recorded 80 mph gusts and Laurel Mountain had a gust of 66 mph.
The wind knocked down power poles and damaged a barn.
1995: Kern County was drenched by heavy rain.
Up to five feet of water surged out of Caliente Creek washing out roads.
Parts of Interstate 5 flooded.
Numerous crops were damaged in Arvin and up to 30 chickens drowned in Loraine.
1983: A series of storms (across SoCal) produced surf up to 16 feet from 1.22 to 1.29.
Several piers collapsed.
Damage was done to numerous businesses and homes.
Several injuries occurred as people were swept off rocks.
1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin began on 1.18 ended on 1.28 (across SoCal & CenCal).
As much as 50 inches of rain fell at 7,700 feet.
31 inches of rain fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 15.5 inches at San Jacinto Peak, around ten inches at Banning, less than 1 inch from Indio southeast (0.10 inch in Borrego Springs).
11.72 inches of precipitation fell at Forest Falls on this day.
9.40 inches fell in Big Bear Lake on this day, the greatest daily amount on record for January and the second greatest daily amount on record.
8.00 inches fell in Palomar Mountain on this day, the greatest daily amount on record for January and the third greatest daily amount on record.
5.22 inches fell on this day in Idyllwild, the greatest daily amount on record for January.
87 were reported dead from flooding and mud slides all over California.
Scores died in traffic accidents.
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 damage.
The Mojave River took out numerous bridges and flooded farmlands in the upper desert.
Strong storm winds felled trees which killed four and caused power outages.
On this day 3.43 inches fell in LA.
The monthly total of 14.94 inches was the second wettest month in LA on record.
1969: The wettest day in January at Fresno: 2.21 inches.
1967: Two back to back storms starting on 1.21 and ending on this day brought 9.24 inches of precipitation to Lake Arrowhead, 5.46 inches to Palomar Mountain, 4.86 inches to Big Bear Lake, 4.24 inches of rain to San Bernardino, 4.04 inches to Idyllwild, 2.81 inches to Santa Ana, and 2.13 inches to San Diego.
Several roads were flooded and closed for a time.
Heavy snowfall amounted to 24 inches at Big Bear Lake, 20 inches at Lake Arrowhead, and 8 inches at Idyllwild and Palomar Mountain.
Roads were closed for a time.
1956: A heavy storm in Southern California starting this day and ending on 1.27 dropped 13.74 inches in Lake Arrowhead, 7.97 inches in LA, 7.27 inches in Santa Ana, 7.06 inches in San Bernardino, 4.00 inches in Riverside, 1.14 inches in San Diego, and 0.74 inch in Palm Springs.
Around San Bernardino, local floods filled streets and channels, and blocked many roadways.
Mud and rocks covered some roads, causing damage.
This damage occurred after fires denuded nearby mountain slopes.
1956: 11.0 inches of snow fell at Reno, NV.
1954: A second heavy rain storm in a week struck Southern California on 1.24 and on this day.
Flood waters came down San Antonio Canyon into Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.
A rescue was made of a couple.
Debris flows up to two feet deep and flooding struck these communities.
Rock slides closed Rim of the World Highway and City Creek Canyon.
1949: Boca recorded a morning low of -38.
1949: It was -4° at Cuyamaca, probably the lowest temperature on record in San Diego County.
1916: Heavy rain that began on this day and ended on 1.30 exacerbated the flooding earlier in the month.
Monthly rainfall totals for 1.1916 ranged from 7.56 inches at San Diego to 57.91 inches at Dorman's Ranch (in the San Bernardino Mountains, 2,500 feet elev.).
Five inches fell in less than 12 hours in San Diego.
Extensive flooding occurred all over Southern California, the worst to date, and it resulted in 28 total deaths in the region, 22 in San Diego County.
This is the most destructive and deadly weather event in San Diego County History.
The Lower Otay Dam broke sending a 40-foot wall of water downstream, killing 15.
A few others drowned in Mission Valley and in the San Luis Rey River.
The Sweetwater Dam also broke.
Every large bridge in San Diego County but one was seriously damaged or destroyed.
Four drowned in Orange County, two in a cottage floating down the Santa Ana River.
Two drowned in San Bernardino County.
Total damage was nearly $8 million (1916 dollars).
1890: 25.0 inches of snow fell at Virginia City, NV.
Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego
Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego
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