Wednesday, January 16, 2013
[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 16)
1998: Rainfall of up to 3" in the Sierra foothills lead to streams in Merced County reaching bankfull.
Bear Creek overflowed into the city of Merced where it flooded 180 homes and up to 5,000 acres of farmland just to the southwest.
First flood of this creek since 1955.
1993: A very wet series of storms that began on 1.6 and ended on 1.18 produced 20"-50" of precipitation in the mountains and up to 12" at lower elevations over a two week period.
It was one of the longest periods of consecutive days of rain on record (13) and measurable rain fell nearly every day from 1.2 to 1.19.
Flooding and flash flooding, mud slides, etc., resulted.
On this day and on 1.17, 11.62" of rain fell at De Luz within 48 hours.
From 1.15 through 1.17, heavy flooding occurred on the Santa Margarita and San Luis Rey Rivers.
Highway 76 was washed out near I-15.
The airports at Camp Pendleton and Oceanside sustained flood damage.
In Tijuana, homes and streets were flooded along the Tijuana River.
Five died and 139 people were caught in floodwaters, 600 were evacuated.
1990: A storm that started on this day and ended on 1.17 brought snow flurries within the San Diego city limits, but none was officially recorded at Lindbergh Field in San Diego. 14" fell at Mt. Laguna and 10"-16" fell in the mountains.
1987: A very cold air mass remained over the region from this day to 1.18. It was 10° at Mt. Laguna, 17° at Bonsall, 22° at Valley Center, 24° in Poway, 26° in El Cajon, 31° in Chula Vista and 36° at San Diego.
Substantial avocado crop loss was estimated in the millions of dollars.
On 1.17 the temperature fell to 24° in Fallbrook and 28° in Del Mar.
Two homeless died of hypothermia.
1978: A Pacific storm brought heavy rains.
Flooding killed two people and damaged roads, car lots and hotels in Mission Valley.
De Luz became isolated.
A mobile home park in Chula Vista was evacuated by motorboat.
1976: It was 92° in Santa Ana and 86° in Santa Maria, the highest temperatures on record for those locations for January.
1974: Strong winds damaged the Nevada Bell microwave tower on McClellan Peak south of Reno.
1973: Heavy rain that began on this day ended on 1.18.
Local amounts up to three inches fell on this day and an additional three inches fell on 1.18.
Local flooding, mud slides, and power outages resulted.
1952: A series of storms brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the region starting on 1.13 and ending on 1.18.
5.52" fell in San Bernardino over the six days.
Flooding was reported in Upland and Ontario.
Heavy snow hit the San Bernardino Mountains with 40 inches in Lake Arrowhead (with a snow depth of 46 inches), and 37 inches in Big Bear Lake.
All mountain roads were blocked and closed because of snow slides.
1949: It was 0° in Victorville, the second lowest temperature on record.
The lowest temperature on record occurred the next day: -1° on 1.17.
A few days earlier on 1.12, it was 2°, the third lowest temperature on record.
1943: It was 84° in Victorville, the highest temperature on record for January.
1932: Bakersfield recorded a high of 82°, warmest on record in January (also reached on January 31, 1984).
1916: Widespread heavy rains hit Southern California starting on 1.14 and ending on 1.21.
8.5" fell during this period in San Bernardino.
16.71" fell in 24 hours at Squirrel Inn (near Lake Arrowhead) on this day and on 1.17, a record 24 hour rainfall for California until 1943.
More than 9" fell in two storms in the Coachella Valley.
Previous storms had deposited deep snow in the mountains, adding to the runoff.
Widespread flooding resulted and at least 22 died.
Roofs in Chula Vista, poultry farm in Vista, boats in Coronado and Newport were damaged.
Most cities were completely inundated.
Pine trees from Palomar Mountain floated down the San Luis Rey River through Oceanside.
The cities of Indio, Coachella and Mecca were underwater.
Ontario and Redlands were isolated and roads, railroads and bridges were washed out.
1913: Roy Hill, a young employee of Northern California Power Company, was badly injured from a flash of electricity at the switch board in the Winthrop power house.
The flash was due to unsettled weather conditions and came when the power was temporarily broken.
1910: 30" of snow fell at Glenbrook.
1888: The morning low at Reno was -11°.
Source: NWS Hanford & San Diego and the Redding Record-Searchlight
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