Wednesday, April 18, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (April 18)

2004: No measurable rain fell in San Diego on this day, starting a streak of 182 consecutive days of no measurable rain, the longest dry streak on record.
The last dry day in the streak was 10.16.

2000: A storm that started on 4.17 and ended on this day brought up to two inches of rainfall to lower elevations and 18 inches of snow to Wrightwood.
Winds gusted to 68 mph in the mountains of San Diego County.
A severe thunderstorm brought downburst winds estimated at 80 to 100 mph from Bellflower to Diamond Bar. 0.75" hail was reported in Downey.
The storm left severe damage to factories and mobile home parks in Paramount (one mobile home was blown over).
Wind damage was done to trees, power lines and numerous buildings along the entire path.
A large Eucalyptus fell over I-5, closing the freeway for three hours.

1991: Wind gusts of up to 50 mph caused blowing dust that dropped visibility to near zero parts of in Merced County.

1983: Heavy rain that started on 4.17 and ended on 4.20 caused street flooding and mud slides.

1967: 16.0 inches of snow fell at Tahoe City.

1967: Hail and gusty winds damaged and destroyed grape and plum crops (San Joaquin Valley).

1956: Heavy thunderstorms struck Barstow and Victorville with an estimated 1.25 inches of rain.
One quarter inch hail was also reported covering the ground.
A wall of water two feet deep damaged 40 homes in west Barstow.

1955: Around 3PM a thunderstorm dropped hail near Biola as large as ¼ inch in diameter and left a path 3 miles long and about 1 mile wide damaging some crops.
Just an hour earlier, a tornado (no Fujita rating) was reported in Merced County.

1949: A tornado was reported in Reno, NV.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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