Friday, December 27, 2013

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (December 27)

2006: Strong storm winds hit the coast.
Gusts hit 54 mph at La Jolla, 52 mph at Torrey Pines and San Clemente Island, 51 mph at Pt. Loma, 49 mph at Huntington Beach, 46 mph at North Island and 40 mph at San Diego- Lindbergh Field.
Numerous trees were downed, damaging several vehicles.
The strong winds generated large surf. Highest sets were 10-16 feet.
Surf was reported at 10-12 feet with a three second period at Newport Beach.

1991: Southeast winds gusting up to 50 mph created blowing dust in the Valley resulting in visibility as low as 0° along Interstate 5 and other highways.
Many roads were closed until the 28th when rain finally fell and visibility improved.

Back to back storms that started on this day and ended on 12.29 dropped 2"-7" of rainfall at lower elevations in the mountains of Southern California.
Flooding of low lying areas, mud slides, and closed highways resulted.

1988: The morning low temperature at South Lake Tahoe was -12°.

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.

1981: Higher elevations of Sierra blanketed in 1-3 feet of snow.
Highway 180 was closed in some portions due to the combination of snow and gusty winds.

1977: Heavy rains lead to a mud slide in the mountains northeast of Redlands, which buried a car, killing one and injuring three.

1973: 2.68" of rain fell in Salinas -- the greatest amount ever recorded!

1971: 20" of snow fell at Tahoe City.

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 12.26 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.

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.

1861: Widespread flooding turned the Carson Valley, NV, into a lake.

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

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