Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 28)

2002: A winter storm brought 19" of snow to Poison Ridge and Big Meadows in the Sierra and up to 6" to Tehachapi creating hazardous trouble through Tehachapi Pass along Highway 58.
Snow even fell in the Kern County deserts, though only a trace was reported at Edwards Air Force Base and the higher terrain near California City.

2002: Light snow was reported in the southern Inland Empire during a storm that started on this day and ended on 1.29.

A foot of snow fell at Yosemite Valley, pushing the monthly total to 175", a record for any month.

1986: The warmest day in January at Fresno: 78 degrees.
Tejon Ranch reached a high of 82 degrees.

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.

It was -18° in Big Bear Lake, the second lowest temperature on record.

1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin that began on 1.18 ended on this day.
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 one 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.

Heavy rain that began on 1.25 and ended on 1.30 exacerbated the flooding earlier in the month.
4.13 inches of rain fell in Escondido, the greatest daily amount on record for January and the third greatest daily amount on record.
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).

1903: 11.0 inches of snow (an incredible 2.71 inches of precipitation) was recorded at Reno, NV.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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