Wednesday, January 26, 2011

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 26)

On This Date In California Weather History....

1999: A snow storm brought 22 inches of snow to a large area around Running Springs.
18 inches fell at Angelus Oaks. Road closures resulted.

1997: Another round of heavy rain induced more flooding in the San Joaquin Valley and nearby foothills.
Oakhurst recorded 4.06" of rain from 24th-26th of January and 1.40" fell in Wonder Valley.
Small streams swelled and poor drainage roads were covered with water.

1984: Violent wind gusts of 50 to 80 mph struck the Sierra from the 26th into the 27th causing trees and power lines to fall.
Yosemite National Park was closed to traffic after dozens of trees blew down; in addition one man died in the park after a tree blew down in a housing area and killed him.

1983: A series of storms 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.

1972: Bakersfield recorded a trace of rain at Meadows Field, the last of four such days in the only January on record without measurable rain.

1969: Funnel cloud sighted 12 miles east of Bakersfield by tower personnel.

1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin began on 1.18 ended on 1.28.
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.
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.

1957: Accumulating snow in Fresno, 0.1" fell.

1956: A heavy storm in Southern California starting on 1.25 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.
On this day it rained 4.22 inches in Santa Ana, the greatest daily amount on record for January and the second greatest daily amount on record.

1956: Heavy rain fell in the lower Sierra causing rivers to swell.
Numerous farms were flooded near Chowchilla and Madera.
Flooding was most significant near Visalia where almost one-third of homes and businesses were inundated with water and Highway 99 was covered with water just southeast of the city resulting in its closure and subsequent travel delays.

1949: Carson City, NV had a morning low of -20.

Heavy rain that began on 1.25 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).

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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