Tuesday, February 26, 2013

[californiadisasters] On This Date In CA Weather History (February 23)

2008: A storm system produced strong wind gusts in the far south end of the San Joaquin Valley late in the evening knocking down trees and a sign at a restaurant as well as causing 6,900 customers to loose power from Bakersfield to Arvin.
Peak wind gusts included 53 mph at Meadows Field in Bakersfield and 60 mph in the Panorama Bluffs section of Bakersfield.

2005: 4" of small-sized hail accumulated near Lake Isabella.

2000: Heavy rain that started on 2.21 and ended on this day caused lots of flooding and mud slides.
Roads were washed out in Hemet.
18" of snow fell in Forest Falls.
Winds gusted to 75 mph along Highway 91.
Trees were felled at Lake Arrowhead.

1998: The White River overflows its banks, flooding Earlimart.
Poso Creek overflows its banks, flooding McFarland. Highway 99 is closed at both locations.

1998: El Niño continued.
Another storm that hit Southern California on this day and ended on 2.24 brought two to five inches of rainfall.
Two died and two were injured.
The storm caused $100 million estimated damage, power outages, catastrophic and widespread flooding, damage to hundreds of homes, numerous evacuations and swift water rescues, landslides, mud slides, and sink holes, damage to roads, bridges, and railroads, and loss of livestock and crops.
Strong and widespread storm winds blew 40 to 60 mph, knocking down trees and power lines. High surf combined with high tides caused coastal damage and several homes were destroyed in San Diego County.

1997: Heavy rain that started on this day and ended on 2.24 caused widespread flooding in coastal cities and the Inland Empire. Homes were stranded in De Luz.
Cliff erosion occurred in Del Mar and Solana Beach.
12"-24" of snow fell at 6000 feet and 36"-48" of snow above 7000 feet.
Trees and power lines were downed.

1993: An F1 tornado touched down in McFarland.
The tornado was observed and warned on by Weather Service personnel at Meadows Field while still a funnel cloud.

1987: Heavy snow that started on 2.22 and ended on 2.24 brought the following snowfall totals: 22" at Cuyamaca, 12"-17" in the San Bernardino Mountains (17" at Big Bear Lake), 12" at Julian, 6" in Pine Valley, 3" at Lake Morena.
4" fell in one hour at Lake Hughes.
Snow pellets piled up in coastal areas with 2"-3" at Huntington Beach, and measurable sleet and hail at the San Diego Bay front.
Schools and roads were closed in mountain areas.
An aircraft accident in a snow squall near Anza killed four.
Tornadoes and waterspouts were reported in the Huntington Beach area.
Cold air arrived on 2.22 and dropped low temperatures below 40° at San Diego for three consecutive days, the coldest stretch since 1978.

1973: A tornado touched down near San Diego.

1969: Heavy snow in the mountains that began on 2.20 and ended on 2.25 brought snow depths approaching the greatest depths on record.
Strong storm winds caused outages of telephone service, power, and gas.
5"-15" of rain hit the lowlands from 2.22 to 2.25.
Heavy rain starting on 2.16 ended on 2.26.
Up to 30" of precipitation fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 13" was recorded northwest of Mt. San Jacinto, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" 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.

1944: 33" of snow fell on 2.22 and on this day in Idyllwild, the greatest snowfall amount on record.

1943: Heavy rainstorms hit the San Bernardino Mountains and Inland Empire starting on 2.21 until 2.24.
For the stormy period Lake Arrowhead received 13.36" and Perris 4.87".
Damage was light because of recent work done on flood channels.

1906: Bakersfield received 1.1" of rain, bringing the monthly precipitation total to 8.7", the wettest month ever on record.

1897: The morning low at Carson City, NV, was -14°.

1891: A prolonged storm dropped 33" of rain in Descanso within a 60 hour period from 2.19 to this day.
2.56" fell in San Diego.
On this day 4.53" of rain fell in San Bernardino.
There were heavy damages and losses to homes, land, livestock, transportation and power throughout the Tijuana and San Diego River Basins.
San Bernardino and Riverside became isolated as all railroad and highway bridges were out for two to three weeks.
Lake Elsinore overflowed.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego

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