Wednesday, May 18, 2016

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (May 18)

2009: Microburst winds were reported northeast of Yuma, AZ, as thunderstorms moved through the area.
Microburst winds reached 55 mph.
The blowing dust cut the visibility briefly to zero.

A strong thunderstorm produced a wet microburst and two tornadoes in Apple Valley.
Winds were estimated at 130 to 140 mph.
The winds caused building and structure damage.
Power lines arced down and produced fires.

1980: Mt. St. Helens in southwest Washington State erupted, killing 57 people, and spreading volcanic ash across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

1974: The morning low temperature at South Lake Tahoe was 7° F.

1974: Snow fell across the southern Sierra Nevada and the Tehachapis.
Lodgepole had 8", Grant Grove 4", Tehachapi 2.3" and Glennville, 0.3".

1957: Ben Lomond received 4.47" of rain.

1949: Southeast winds up to 40 mph caused blowing sand in the San Joaquin Valley that destroyed 2,000 acres of cotton in the Wheeler Ridge area.
Near Coalinga bulldozers had to remove sand that drifted across highways.

1913: Woodfords (Alpine Co.) recorded 1.28" of precipitation.

1892: A springtime heat wave hit Southern California starting on 5.17 and ending on 5.19.
Temperatures met or exceeded 95° F in LA each day.

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



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