Tuesday, January 24, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 24)

2008: Wrightwood received 24 to 38 inches of new snow from 1.23 to 1.25.
Interstate 15 and Hwy 138 were closed.
Three were killed in avalanches at Mountain High Ski Resort.

2007: End of the most costly freeze event in modern California history (1980-prsent) with $1.3 billion in damages statewide and around $709 million in damages in the Hanford NWS area alone.
Fresno had 19 days with low temperatures of 32 degrees or lower, the second longest such streak on record, from the 6th through 24th.
Cooperative observers reported low temperatures were as low as 13 degrees at Merced and 16 degrees at Hanford.
Between 50 and 70 percent of citrus on trees was damaged and thousands of farm workers were left unemployed.

2006: A Santa Ana wind event brought peak winds from 1.22 to this day.
On this day at Fremont Canyon gusts reached 71 mph.
During these days, wind gusts exceeded 60 mph on 19 observations there.
Seven big rigs overturned in Fontana.
Downed power lines and trees caused power outages and property damage.
A roof of a carport was torn off in Hemet.
A dust storm closed Ramona Expressway.

2002: Strong Santa Ana winds blew (in parts of SoCal).

2000: Peak of 3 day storm that brought locally heavy winter rains to the Valley, foothills and lower elevations of the Sierra from the 23rd-25th: 6.78" fell in Bass Lake, Shaver Lake had 5.69", while 2.29" fell in Northeast Fresno, 2.20" in East Visalia, 2.05" at Madera Ranchos and 1.82" in Merced.

1995: Strong thunderstorms move through the Central California Interior, causing flooding in Lamont.

1983: A series of storms produced surf up to 16 feet from 1.22 to 1.29 (across SoCal).
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.
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.

1967: 11.2 inches of snow fell at Reno, NV.

1967: Two back to back storms starting on 1.21 and ending on 1.25 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.

1962: The morning low temperature at Bridgeport was -30.

1954: A second heavy rain storm in a week struck Southern California on this day and on 1.25.
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.

1943: A major storm hit Southern California, especially the deserts on 1.23 and on this day.
26.12 inches fell in 24 hours at Hoegees Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains (starting the previous day), setting the state 24 hour precipitation record.
For the storm, more than 28 inches fell at Camp Baldy, 14.28 inches in Upland, 7.23 inches in San Bernardino, 4.57 inches in Palm Springs, and about three inches in Victorville. Lytle Creek flooded, killing one and forcing 150 families in San Bernardino and Colton to evacuate.
Other roads and bridges in this area were damaged or undermined.
All highways surrounding Victorville were blocked.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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