Monday, January 16, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 14)

2007: The San Francisco Bay Area region was experiencing its coldest temperatures since December 1998.
The cold snap began on the 12th of January and persisted through the 18th.
The coldest temperatures occurred from the 13th through the 15th.
Overnight lows on the morning of the 14th included:
Pinnacles National Monument...14
° F San Jose..........20° F   Livermore Airport.........20° F Santa Cruz.........26° F Half Moon Bay..........27° F Oakland Airport..........28° F
San Francisco Airport.........32
° F

2007: Very cold air spread across Southeast California and Arizona during the weekend of January 14, 2007.
The coldest two consecutive mornings since December of 1978 occurred at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport when the minimum temperature dropped to 29
° F on January 14 and 15.
Low temperatures were well below freezing in nearly all desert locations with temperatures into the teens at the coldest spots.
Record lows on the 14th included 21
° F at Imperial CA, 25° F at Blythe CA, and 25° F at Yuma, AZ.
Some effects of the freeze included burst pipes, damaged plants, and widespread losses to citrus crops.
One nursery in Mesa reported a loss of 200,000 ficus trees.
The citrus crops alone suffered losses estimated between $2 million and $4 million.

A storm that began on 1.12 and ended on 1.15 brought 18" of snowfall to Mt. Laguna.
Generally 18" to 36" of snow was reported above 2500 feet.
The ski resort at Snow Valley remained open until 5.18, the latest in its 78 year history.
13 illegal immigrants die from exposure near Pine Valley.

1995: An F1 tornado touched down in Chowchilla, path was 1 mile long, damaged roofs and portions of buildings.

1995: A heavy rain storm hit the northern Inland Empire.
It dropped 8"-9" of rain in Yucaipa, causing extensive flooding and road closures.

1993: A very wet series of storms that began on 1.6 and ended on 1.18 produced 20"-50" of precipitation in the mountains and up to 12" at lower elevations over a two week period.
It was one of the longest periods of consecutive days of rain on record (13) and measurable rain fell nearly every day from 1.2 to 1.19.
Flooding and flash flooding, mud slides, etc., resulted.

1990: A tornado in the East City Heights neighborhood of San Diego caused property damage.
A waterspout turned tornado hit Shelter Island – San Diego and tossed boats.

1988: A strong cold front generated strong winds across the region.
An unofficial wind gust of 106 mph was reported in southwest Reno, NV.
A gust of 90 mph was recorded at the Reno airport.
Widespread damage resulted, such as uprooted trees, damaged fences, and downed power lines.
It was estimated that 15,000 homes lost power.
Damage at the Stead airport was between $500,000 and $600,000.

1980: An F0 tornado touched down near Atwater.

1978: Starting on this day and ending on 1.15, 2.65" of precipitation fell in San Diego, the greatest 24-hour total on record for January.

1963: It was 22° F in Palm Springs, the second lowest temperature on record.

1952: A series of storms brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the region starting on 1.13 and ending on 1.18.
5.52" fell in San Bernardino over the six days.
Flooding was reported in Upland and Ontario.
Heavy snow hit the San Bernardino Mountains with 40" in Lake Arrowhead (with a snow depth of 46"), and 37" in Big Bear Lake.
All mountain roads were blocked and closed because of snow slides.

1950: China Lake NAS clocked an 89 mph gust, highest on record here (also had an 89 mph gust on May 30, 1991).

1949: The high temperature of 46° F in Santa Ana was the lowest high temperature on record. This also occurred on 1.19.1949 and 2.23.1953.

1932: Third consecutive day in Fresno with snow flurries observed.

1932: The morning low temperature at Markleeville was -20° F.

1916: Widespread heavy rains hit Southern California starting on this day and ending on 1.21.
8.5" fell during this period in San Bernardino. 16.71" fell in 24 hours at Squirrel Inn (near Lake Arrowhead) on 1.16 and on 1.17, a record 24 hour rainfall for California until 1943.
More than nine inches fell in two storms in the Coachella Valley.
Previous storms had deposited deep snow in the mountains, adding to the runoff. Widespread flooding resulted and at least 22 died.
Roofs in Chula Vista, poultry farm in Vista, boats in Coronado and Newport were damaged.
Most cities were completely inundated.
Pine trees from Palomar Mountain floated down the San Luis Rey River through Oceanside.
The cities of Indio, Coachella and Mecca were underwater.
Ontario and Redlands were isolated and roads, railroads and bridges were washed out.

1911: 3.95" of rain fell in downtown San Jose -- the greatest 24 hour total ever recorded in San Jose.

A cold winter storm that started on 1.12 and ended on this day brought lots of snow to the lowlands.
15" of snow fell at San Bernardino.
36" of snow fell in Campo over four days and produced 8 foot drifts in spots.
2"-5" fell in outlying San Diego, including 4" along Poway Grade, 3" at El Cajon and 1" in Poway.
5" fell in Riverside.
Light snow fell in Del Mar.
Snow flakes fell, but did not stick at San Diego Lindbergh Field.
Birds and livestock were killed, telegraph lines were knocked down and citrus crops were damaged.

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



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