On This Date In California Weather History....
2003: It was 97° in Riverside, 96° in Santa Ana and 92° in Escondido, each the highest temperature on record for January.
2002: Temperatures plummeted on 1.30 and on this day.
It was 13° at Shelter Valley, 17° at Campo, 22° at Ramona and 28° at Escondido.
Crops were damaged in northern San Diego County.
1999: Four funnel clouds were reported in the Valley: 2 north of Bakersfield, one near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and another near Merced.
1995: Fresno recorded 0.01" of precipitation.
This marked the 21st day of the month to record measurable precipitation, a record for any month of the year.
1984: High of 82 degrees in Bakersfield, tied for warmest high ever in the month of January (also on January 16, 1932).
1979: A winter storm that started on 1.30 and ended on this day spread two to four inches of rainfall in 24 hours over much of coastal Southern California, and two inches of snow in Palm Springs.
On this day snow fell heavily in Palm Springs and eight inches fell at Lancaster.
All major interstates into LA (I-5, I-15, and I-10) were closed.
Snow drifts shut down Interstate 10 on both sides of Palm Springs, isolating the city.
Schools were closed and hundreds of cars were abandoned.
A snow and rain mix was reported in Borrego Springs.
Mt. Laguna received two feet of snow and Julian one foot.
Winds up to 60 mph blew in the San Diego Mountains.
A tornado touched down in Santa Ana, and possibly occurred elsewhere.
Golf ball size hail and widespread snow were also reported during the storm.
4.82 inches of rain fell in National City, 4.25 inches in La Mesa, 3.30 inches at SDSU, and 3.78 inches in El Cajon.
Flooding occurred along Silver Strand highway, in Fashion Valley, also in Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Lakeside and Carlsbad.
Lake Hodges overflowed.
Numerous power outages resulted.
2.57 inches of rain fell in San Diego on this day, the seventh wettest calendar day on record and the wettest January day.
56 inches of snow fell in Big Bear Lake from this day to 2.2, the greatest storm snowfall on record.
26 inches fell on this day, the greatest daily snowfall on record for January and the second greatest daily amount on record.
This snowfall also occurred on 2.17.1990.
It snowed 1.5 inches in Palm Springs, the second greatest daily snowfall on record.
The only other daily measurable snowfall on record was 2 inches (the greatest daily amount on record) on 1.11.1930.
1979: Significant snow fell in the Kern County desert from the 30th into the 31st.
Total accumulations from this event included 9 inches at China Lake NAS and Mojave with 8 inches at Randsburg and 4.5 inches at Inyokern.
1969: The morning low at South Lake Tahoe was -13.
1938: 30.0 inches of snow fell at Tahoe City.
1916: Bridgeport had a morning low temperature of -36, its all-time record low temperature.
Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego
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