Thursday, December 26, 2013

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (December 26)

2007: A mountain wave produced wind gusts as high as 75 mph in the late morning and early afternoon at Mojave, blowing over a big rig.

2003: Heavy, wet snow commenced on Christmas Day and continued in the 26th: Lodgepole received 24" of snow and 39" was recorded at Agnew Pass.
Liquid water equivalent precipitation totals for this event included 7.30" at Lodgepole, 5.20" at Giant Forest and 3.60" at Yosemite Valley.

2000: Santa Ana winds blew on 12.25 and on this day.
Gusts of 87 mph were measured at Fremont Canyon.
Damage and injuries occurred in Mira Loma, and in Orange County.

1997: It was 0° at Big Bear Lake and 4° at Big Bear Airport.

1988: Bridgeport had a morning low of -28°.

1988: A week of subfreezing temperatures hit Southern California starting on 12.24 and ending on 12.30.
Five died as a result of the cold.

1987: A cold snap descended on the region.
It was 9° at Mt. Laguna, and 22° in Valley Center on 12.25.
On this day it was 15° in Julian and Mt. Laguna, 16° in Campo, 22° in Poway, 26° in El Cajon, 30° in Del Mar, and 37° in San Diego.
Extensive damage to avocado and citrus crops resulted.

1971: A series of wet storms hit the region during this week starting on 12.22 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.
These heavy storms started out warm on previous days, but then turned colder on this day to 12.28.
The three day snowfall was up to 24" deep at Lake Arrowhead, 20" at Palomar Mountain, 15" at Big Bear Lake, 13" at Idyllwild, and 6" at Cuyamaca.
Snow closed the Morongo Pass at Yucca Valley for a time.

1967: Petaluma had a high temperature of 81 -- a record for the month.

1955: Heavy rainfall in the Valley and much of the Sierra from the 22nd-25th lead to flooding across the area.
Fresno's total precipitation for the month was 6.73", making it 4th wettest month ever and the wettest December on record.
Some rivers and streams reached their highest level on record at this time.
The Kaweah and St. Johns Rivers east of Visalia broke their levee system and washed out roads and bridges and caused water up to four feet deep to flood parts of the city and formed a lake 10-15 miles long east of the city.
Flooding also occurred in Chowchilla, where water covered the business district and Highway 99 up to 5 feet deep.
Near Madera, 800 pigs were lost and many cattle were isolated and had to be fed by air-drop.
Three people died and over 2,500 buildings were damaged in the Valley.

1948: Two day windstorm in southern San Joaquin Valley which commenced on Christmas Day ended.
Bakersfield had sustained winds as high as 40 mph.
Damage was suffered by crops, mechanical farm equipment as well as residential and commercial property and estimated in 1948 dollars at around $1 million.

1921: A succession of heavy storms from 12.17 to 12.27 produced a total of 29.38" at Mt. Wilson (only 1.48" had fallen there since 5.23). 30.64" fell at Squirrel Inn at Lake Arrowhead.
From 12.24 to this day, 6.76" fell in LA.
Widespread flooding of roads, bridges, railroads, farms, etc., resulted.
Flooded areas along the Santa Ana and San Gabriel Rivers were easily seen from atop Mt. Wilson from the coast to 20 to 30 miles inland.
Lake Arrowhead rose seven feet.
On this day 2.10" fell in Redlands and 1.71" fell in San Bernardino.

1911: The morning low at Truckee was -22°.

1911: Yuma ties their all time record low of 22°.

1891: A period of very cold weather started on 12.23 and ended on 12.30.
San Diego pools had ice 0.5" thick on the surface and ice one inch thick formed on oranges on trees in Mission Valley.
The low temperature in San Diego was 32°, the lowest temperature on record for December.

Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, Phoenix, San Francisco/Monterey, & San Diego

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