Tuesday, January 22, 2013
[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (January 18)
2010: A very wet and dynamic series of storms started on this day and ended on 1/22/2010.
Rainfall ranged from 2"-4" in the deserts, to 4"-8" west of the mountains, to 6"-12" on the coastal slopes.
Widespread flooding resulted across the region.
Snowfall of 40"-60" was reported at the higher resorts, with up to 84" at the highest ski resorts.
Some of the worst flash flooding occurred in the high desert on the 1/21/2010 due to the prolonged heavy rainfall.
Scores of homes and several schools sustained damage, and many roads were washed out in Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville and Adelanto.
Numerous swift water rescues were needed, one of which likely saved four teens trapped in a storm water drain.
On 1/19/2010 a tornado went through Seal Beach and Huntington Beach causing local damage including boats in Huntington Harbor, and wind gusts reached 60 mph in San Clemente.
Several waterspouts and very strong winds of 93 mph were also reported in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
On 1/21/2010 the surface pressure fell to an all-time record low of 29.15" (987.1 mb) at San Diego Lindbergh Field, the lowest since reliable pressure records began in 1880.
Two deaths in Tijuana were attributed to the flooding.
A tree fell onto a mobile home in Lakeside, causing one fatality on 1/19/2010.
2010: Brief 2-minute EF0 tornado touched down in Fresno (near intersection of SR 180 and Marks Ave.) just before 3:30 PM.
No damage was reported.
1996: Strong wind gusts blew across the Kern County deserts, knocking down trees, fences, and 30 power poles.
Gusts of 70 mph were clocked in Ridgecrest and 64 mph in California City.
1993: A very wet series of storms that began on 1.6 and ended on this day 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 a tornado touched down in Orange County causing property damage and a funnel cloud was observed in Hemet.
1988: Tornadoes touched down in Mission Viejo and San Clemente causing property damage.
A baseball dugout was blown 150 yards into the middle of a city street.
Surf rose to 20 feet along the beaches, causing $50 million worth of damage.
Boulders protecting Mission Bay were washed away.
Asphalt and dunes were washed out in Coronado.
In Mission Beach, condos were flooded by ocean water and kelp; three feet of kelp landed in a front yard and more kelp went through a garage window!
A boat was capsized.
1987: A very cold air mass remained over the region from 1.16 to this day.
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.
1979: A tornado hit Midway, Mission Hills, Encanto and Tierrasanta in San Diego.
It is not known if this was one tornado or more. Extensive damage occurred in all these neighborhoods.
1973: Heavy rain that began on 1.16 ended on this day.
Local amounts up to 3" fell on 1.16 and an additional 3" fell on this day.
Local flooding, mud slides and power outages resulted.
1971: A warm Santa Ana condition brought a 95° reading to LA, the highest January temperature on record.
It was 95° also in Palm Springs, the highest temperature on record for January.
1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin began on this day and ended on 1.28.
As much as 50" of rain fell at 7,700 feet.
31" of rain fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 15.5" at San Jacinto Peak, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" 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.
1954: Forty-four day dry spell of no measurable rain ends in Bakersfield, 0.11" of rain fell.
1954: Heavy rain "averaged" about three inches around Upland and Rancho Cucamonga and more than four inches in the mountains on this day and on 1.19.
Floods and debris flows struck these communities and blocked or damaged roads.
Debris flows at least ten feet deep in Arcadia nearly killed people and large boulders smashed into homes.
These debris flows followed wildfires in the San Gabriel Mountains.
1952: A series of storms brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the region starting on 1.13 and ending on this day.
On this day 3.98" of rain fell in LA, 3.17" of it in 24 hours.
At least eight died in the flooding. 5.52 inches fell in San Bernardino over the six days.
Flooding was reported in Upland and Ontario.
Heavy snow hit the San Bernardino Mountains with 40" in Lake Arrowhead (with a snow depth of 46"), and 37" in Big Bear Lake.
All mountain roads were blocked and closed because of snow slides.
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 1.16 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.
1914: A heavy rain storm gave almost 9" of rain to Lytle Creek, 0.64" in San Bernardino on this day.
Colton was flooded and isolated. Orchards, highways and railroads damaged all over the northern Inland Empire.
One was killed.
Flooding rains continued on and off through 2.21.
Source: NWS Hanford & San Diego
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