Saturday, December 24, 2016

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (December 24)

1994: 18" of snow fell at Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park with up to 2 feet in higher elevations of the Sierra.

Santa Ana winds produced a gust of 75 mph at Ontario.

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

Snow flurries flew over the entire San Diego metro area, but not a flake officially at San Diego. Heavy snow fell in the Laguna Mountains.

1983: 12" of snow fell at Cedarville (Modoc Co.).

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.

1955: 34" of snow fell at Glenbrook, NV, (east shore Lake Tahoe).

1955: Ben Lomond had received a record 23.82" of rain over the previous seven days.

Low dropped to 22° F at Bakersfield – coldest here in December in 18 years with unofficial reports as low as 10° F at the Buena Vista Land Station.

A massive storm that started on 12.23 ended on this day.
3.62 inches of rain fell in San Diego, starting on 12.23 and ending on this day, the greatest 24-hour amount on record.
On this day 4.28" fell in Escondido, the greatest daily rainfall for December, and the second greatest daily rainfall on record.
Heavy rains loosened soil in Del Mar that led to a landslide along a train track, derailing the train and killing three.

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 this day to 12.26, 6.76" fell in LA.
Widespread flooding of roads, bridges, railroads, farms, etc., resulted. Lake Arrowhead rose seven feet.
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.

1916: Bitter cold wave resulted in snow levels dropping down to the Valley floor.
Yosemite Valley had its' greatest 24 hour snowfall on record with 28", storm total from the 23rd-25th was 36".
Fresno received 0.1" of snow.
This was the 4th individual calendar day to receive measurable snow in Fresno in a single year, setting a record.

1905: Coldest low ever in Bakersfield for December, 13° F.

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: Epic floods resulted, called the "Noachian Deluge of California", when it rained 30 days in succession, beginning on this day and ending on 1.23.1862.
35" of rain fell in LA. In San Diego over seven inches fell in January alone.
The Santa Ana River in Anaheim ran four feet deep and spread in an unbroken sheet of water to the Coyote Hills, three miles beyond the banks (in present-day Fullerton).
The mouth of the LA River shifted from Venice to Wilmington.
20 died in Orange County.
The worst flooding to date in San Diego County occurred after six weeks of rain.
All of Mission Valley was underwater and Old Town was evacuated.
The tide backed its waters into the San Diego River and cut a new channel into the bay.

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



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