Saturday, December 22, 2012

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (December 22)

2011: Strong offshore winds hit the region. Wind gusts topped 75 mph at Fremont Canyon, with numerous other reporting sites in the 50 to 60 mph range.

2010: In terms of measurable rainfall, today's date ends the series of strong storm systems laden with tropical moisture which started on December 17th in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley.
Bakersfield set a new all-time record for rainfall for the month of December.
By this date, Bakersfield received a total of 4.95" since the 1st; only 0.37" of this amount occurred before the 17th.

2010: A very wet period began 12/17 and continued through this day as strong westerly flow across the Pacific tapped a pool of deep subtropical moisture near Hawaii, resulting in days of moderate to heavy rainfall.
4"-12" of rain fell in the coastal and valley areas over six days, 12"-28" in the mountains, up to 9" in the high desert and less than 4" in the lower desert.
Major landslides and flash flooding impacted the communities of Laguna Beach, Apple Valley, along the Whitewater Channel in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Highland, Corona, Loma Linda, La Jolla, and the city of San Diego from 12/21 to this day.
Qualcomm Stadium was flooded, but was miraculously drained and prepared for the Poinsettia Bowl held there on 12/23.
Heavy wet snow accumulated above 6500 feet with amounts over 6 inches and as much as 2 feet above 7500 feet.

Santa Ana winds started on 12.21 and ended on this day.
A gust of 68 mph was measured at Campo, 53 mph at Huntington Beach, 44 mph in Orange.
House and tree damage occurred in Hemet.

1997: A period of Santa Ana winds started on 12.18 and ended on this day.
Gusts of 60 mph were reported at Rialto.
Gusts of 67 mph were reported at Idyllwild and below Cajon Pass.
One was killed.
The winds downed trees, caused widespread wind damage, and contributed to a fire.

1996: A storm that started on 12.21 and ended on this day spread rainfall of2"  in the coastal areas, and 2"-5" in the inland valleys and foothills.
On this day a tornado hit Cabazon and threw a five- ton mobile home 30 feet.
Minor damage was incurred by six other mobile homes.
Storm winds were measured at 40 to 50 mph.

1996: 24" of snow fell at Tahoe City, with 27" reported at Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station.

1996: China Lake NAS recorded a wind gust of 86 mph, second highest gust on record here for any month.

1990: The morning low at Cedarville was -28°, its all-time record low for December.

1990: A frigid air mass descended all over the West on this day and on 12.23.
Numerous low maximum and low minimum temperature records were broken, even some all-time records.
On this day the high was 22° in Palomar Mountain, the lowest maximum temperature on record.
This also occurred the next day on 12.23.
On this day the low was 29° at Redondo Beach.
Santa Barbara and Lompoc both dipped to 20°, establishing all-time record lows for any date.

1982: Up to four feet of snow fell in the Sierra in less than 24 hours.
Lodgepole (Sequoia-Kings Cyn. NP) measured 27" of snow with a storm total liquid equivalent of 10.09".
Snowpack on some of the higher peaks from this storm was raised to nearly 100".

A series of wet storms hit the region during this week starting on this day and ending on 12.28.
19.44" fell in Lake Arrowhead, 15.26" in Lytle Creek, 12.31" in Big Bear Lake, 7.49" in Palomar Mountain, 5.45" in San Bernardino, 4.98" in Santa Ana, 3.92" in Redlands, 3.04" in Riverside, 2.28" in San Diego, 1.24" in Palm Springs, and 1.02" in Victorville.
Extensive street flooding occurred across the region.
This day marked the start of seven consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in Victorville, which ended on 12.28.
This also occurred on 2.18-24.2005, 1.13-19.1993, and 2.14-20.1980.

1970: A series of storms brought heavy rain and snow to the region starting on 12.17 and ending on this day.
7.03" of precipitation was recorded in Palomar Mountain, 6.93" in Lytle Creek, 6.35" in Lake Arrowhead, 5.38" in Idyllwild, 4.72" in Big Bear Lake, 2.81" in San Bernardino, 2.67" in Santa Ana, 2.27" in Riverside, and 1.84" in San Diego.
Several roads were flooded and washed out in the northern Inland Empire, exacerbated by the extensive burn areas from earlier in the fall.
Snowfall amounts were 32" in Idyllwild, 28" in Big Bear Lake, 26" in Palomar Mountain, and 24" in Lake Arrowhead.

1964: Strong winds blew down trees, fences and large signs in the Reno, NV, and Carson City, NV, areas.

1945: A very wet storm struck Southern California on this day and on 12.23.
Numerous daily precipitation records were set.
2.60" of rain fell in San Diego, the sixth greatest daily rainfall on record and the wettest December day.
3.72" fell in Santa Ana, the fourth greatest daily rainfall on record and the wettest December day.
6.61" of precipitation fell in Palomar Mountain, the sixth greatest daily precipitation on record (the second greatest for December).
Only minor flooding closed some roads and bridges around San Bernardino.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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