Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 29)

2002: Snow flurries were observed in the Valley at Los Banos, Madera, Hanford, McFarland and Shafter.

2002: Light snow was reported in the southern Inland Empire during a storm that started on 1.28 and ended on this day.

1998: A line of strong thunderstorms dropped small hail up to 3 inches deep in north-central Fresno.
A peak wind gust of 41 mph was clocked at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Over 7,000 customers in the city lost power and nursery tents were knocked down in North Fresno.
This line of storms also dropped hail and caused power outages to 5,000 customers in Tulare County.

1998: A waterspout moved ashore on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas and became a tornado causing property damage.

1997: Santa Ana winds blew 100 mph at Fremont Canyon and 87 mph at Rialto.
Big rigs were blown over.

1995: The San Joaquin Valley (Hanford) Weather Forecast Office opens with initial staffing.

1983: A series of storms produced surf up to 16 feet from 1.22 to this day.
Several piers collapsed. Damage was done to numerous businesses and homes. Several injuries occurred as people were swept off rocks.

1981: 20.0 inches of snow fell at Donner Memorial State Park.

1980: A powerful storm struck Southern California with flooding rains and damaging winds.
In San Diego County 5.60 inches fell at Lake Henshaw, 5.48 inches at Palomar Mountain, five inches in Ramona, 4.91 inches in Julian, 4.24 inches in Fallbrook, 3.35 inches in Mt. Laguna with no snow, 3.24 inches in Escondido, 2.35 inches in Oceanside, 1.91 inches at Pt. Loma, 1.80 inches in San Diego and 1.37 inches in Borrego Springs. Widespread catastrophic flooding occurred all over the county.
Numerous homes, businesses and streets were flooded.
Two died in the floods.
Wind gusts reached 74 mph unofficially at Lake Murray and 52 mph at San Diego.
Coastal areas reported 55 knot (63 mph) winds.
At least 15 boats were sunken or severely damaged in Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.
A dock was smashed at Mission Bay. At least 86 power outages occurred across the county.

1979: The morning low temperature at South Lake Tahoe was -20.

1979: A major outbreak of cold air descended on the region.
It was a bitter -25° at Big Bear Lake, probably the lowest temperature ever recorded in Southern California.
Remarkably, the high was 28°, a rise of 53° on one winter's day.

This day marked the end of 11 consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in Palomar Mountain, which started on 1.19.

1957: A waterspout was sited off Ocean Beach.
Two funnel clouds were observed over North Island (possibly the waterspout) and Mt. Soledad – La Jolla. Heavy snow fell: 24 inches at Mt. Laguna, 21 inches at Palomar Mountain, 20 inches at Lake Cuyamaca, 12 inches at Julian, 10 inches at Mesa Grande, and six inches at Lake Henshaw.
The snowstorm stranded 200 people north of LA.

1949: Cedarville recorded a morning low of -11.

1922: The high temperature of 43° in LA on this day was the lowest high temperature on record.

1916: 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).

1916: Bakersfield recorded 0.04" of rain.
This was the 15th day of the month with measurable precipitation, setting a record the most days with measurable precipitation for any month.
This record was tied in January 1995.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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