Sunday, February 26, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (February 25)

2011: Heavy snow fell in the mountains and even accumulated down to 1000 feet elevation on this day and on 2/26/2011.
Amounts were 24.5 inches in Wrightwood, 24 inches in Forest Falls, 23 in Mt. Laguna, 21 in Lake Arrowhead, 20.75 inches in Pine Cove, 16 in Palomar Mountain, and 15 in Idyllwild.
About a half inch accumulated in Jamul and Ramona.

High surf of 15 feet struck the beaches on 2.24 and this day, causing damage on the Ocean Beach pier.

2004: High winds whipped the Grapevine: a gust of 60 mph was clocked at the base and a 75 mph gust was recorded at a pumping plant near Edmonston.

1998: El Nino pattern resulted in a soggy February across the San Joaquin Valley resulting on over $30 million in agricultural losses and $11.1 million in property damages. Fresno recorded 4.89" of rain this month, making it its' 5th wettest February on record while Bakersfield recorded 5.36" of rain this month, making it the second wettest February on record here.
Damages here included nearly 9,300 acres of inundated farmland in Fresno County alone, over 25,000 thousand almond trees blown down in Fresno and Kern Counties and a loss of milk production from stressed cows.

1996: A storm that started on this day and ended on 2.28 produced 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rainfall in coastal areas.
Snowfall of ten inches was recorded at Idyllwild, two inches in Yucaipa and even a dusting in Hemet and Corona.
One to two feet of snow fell in the higher mountains and up to six inches fell in the high desert.

1991: Paso Robles set a monthly record high of 83°.

1987: Several funnel clouds and waterspouts around San Diego County.
One waterspout was seven miles west of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and another was seven miles west of the San Diego River channel.
A funnel cloud was observed off Imperial Beach.
Waterspouts damaged many boats in Coronado harbors.
One waterspout picked up a dropped a 30 foot, 5-ton cabin cruiser.
A dinghy was also tossed and was reported to have been in the air for 15-20 seconds.
Cold air arrived on 2.22 and dropped low temperatures below 40° at San Diego for three consecutive days, the coldest stretch since 1978.

1983: Heavy rain that started on 2.24 and ended on 2.28 brought extensive street flooding.
Damage was done to 30 cars and an apartment building in Anaheim.

1969: Incredible all-time 24 hour snowfall records were set in parts of the Sierra with 46.0" of snow measured at Lodgepole and 36.0" of snow at Grant Grove from the 24th-25th of February.

1969: Heavy snow in the mountains that began on 2.20 and ended on this day brought snow depths approaching the greatest depths on record.
Strong storm winds caused outages of telephone service, power, and gas.
The two-day rainfall total (2.24 and this day) in Santa Ana was an astounding 5.60 inches.
Two-day totals were 11.13 inches in Big Bear Lake and 11.72 inches in Palomar Mountain. 6.43 inches fell on this day in Big Bear Lake, the greatest daily amount on record for February.
Five to 15 inches of rain hit the lowlands from 2.22 to this day.
Heavy rain starting on 2.16 ended on 2.26.
Up to 30 inches of precipitation fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 13 inches was recorded northwest of Mt. San Jacinto, around ten inches at Banning, less than one inch in eastern Coachella Valley.
The death and destruction continued from the previous month.
21 died from flooding and mud slides all over California.
An entire family was killed in Mt. Baldy Village when a mud slide hit their home.
Extensive damage hit crops, farmland and livestock.
Creeks around Yucaipa all left their banks and substantial flooding occurred to residences and businesses.
In the upper desert farmlands became lakes and more than 100 homes along the Mojave River were damaged.
Roads and bridges recently repaired from previous month's damage either washed out or were destroyed again.

1921: It was 92° in LA and 94° in Santa Barbara, both the highest temperatures on record in February for those locations.

1904: Reno, NV, recorded 1.90 inches of precipitation, its fifth largest one-day total.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, San Diego

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