Saturday, January 21, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 21)

2012: Strong onshore winds reached 99 mph at Burns Canyon, 66 mph at Palm Springs, and 60 mph at Thermal.
More than 400 trees were blown down, some causing property damage to cars and buildings. Power poles also went down.
Widespread blowing dust inhibited travel and prompted road closures.
A golf
tournament suffered damage.

2010: The final of three strong winter storms moved though the desert southwest, bringing heavy rain, and strong winds to the area, as well as a brief tornado touchdown near the Colorado River in Blythe, CA.
Widespread rain, heavy at times, resulted in numerous flooded streets, and low spots.
Strong winds associated with a line of thunderstorms caused considerable damage to property and some minor injuries.
Phoenix established a new all-time record low pressure of 29.2" on the 21st.
Reference: Service Assessment

An extremely strong and deep low pressure system moved over the central California interior and, the all-time record low pressure was reached at both the Bakersfield (KBFL) and Fresno (KFAT) ASOS locations: 28.94" of mercury.
This broke the record of 29.11" set on January 27, 1916 in Fresno.

2010: A very wet and dynamic series of storms started on 1/18/2010 and ended on 1/22/2010.
Rainfall ranged from 2"-4" in the deserts, to 4"-8" west of the mountains, to 6"-12" on the coastal slopes.
Widespread flooding resulted across the region.
Snowfall of 40"-60" was reported at the higher resorts, with up to 84" at the highest ski resorts.
Some of the worst flash flooding occurred in the high desert on this day due to the prolonged heavy rainfall.
Scores of homes and several schools sustained damage, and many roads were washed out in Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville and Adelanto.
Numerous swift water rescues were needed, one of which likely saved four teens trapped in a storm water drain.
On 1/19/2010 a tornado went through Seal Beach and Huntington Beach causing local damage including boats in Huntington Harbor, and wind gusts reached 60 mph in San Clemente.
Several waterspouts and very strong winds of 93 mph were also reported in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
On this day the surface pressure fell to an all-time record low of 29.15" (987.1 mb) at San Diego Lindbergh Field, the lowest since reliable pressure records began in 1880.
Two deaths in Tijuana were attributed to the flooding.
A tree fell onto a mobile home in Lakeside, causing one fatality on 1/19/2010.

1999: Strong winds in the desert gusted to 80 mph in the Salton Sea area, up to 70 mph in the Coachella Valley, 47 mph in Palm Springs and 36 mph in Thermal.

1991: Winds to 60 mph from Bakersfield to McFarland, with strong winds north to Delano, downing power lines.

1988: Strong offshore winds followed a major Pacific storm that started on this day and ended on 1.22.
Gusts reached 80 mph at the Grapevine and 60 mph in Ontario.
Power poles, road signs and big rigs were knocked down in the Inland Empire.
In San Diego County, six were injured, roofs were blown off houses, trees were toppled and crops destroyed.
A barn was demolished and a garage crushed by a giant tree in Pine Valley.
20 buildings were destroyed or damaged at Viejas.
Avocado and flower crops were destroyed in Fallbrook and Encinitas, respectively.
Five greenhouses were destroyed in Encinitas.
Seven beach swimmers were missing and four were presumed drowned in large surf.
Six were injured in San Diego County from the winds.

1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin began on 1.18 ended on 1.28.
As much as 50" of rain fell at 7,700 feet. 31" of rain fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 15.5" at San Jacinto Peak, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" from Indio southeast.
87 were reported dead from flooding and mud slides all over California.
Scores died in traffic accidents.
Hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed in slides, including 14 destroyed and 11 damaged homes in Mt. Baldy Village.
50 homes near Forest Home (Forest Falls) were damaged by flooding.
Highways and railroads washed out. Power outages occurred.
Cucamonga Creek itself caused $10 million in damage.
The Mojave River took out numerous bridges and flooded farmlands in the upper desert.

1967: Two back to back storms starting this day and ending on 1.25 brought 9.24" of precipitation to Lake Arrowhead, 5.46" to Palomar Mountain, 4.86" to Big Bear Lake, 4.24" of rain to San Bernardino, 4.04" to Idyllwild, 2.81"  to Santa Ana, and 2.13" to San Diego.
Several roads were flooded and closed for a time.
Heavy snowfall amounted to 24" at Big Bear Lake, 20" at Lake Arrowhead, and 8" at Idyllwild and Palomar Mountain.
Roads were closed for a time.

1964: F0 tornado moved southwest to northeast in North Fresno for one mile, damaging several homes.

1964: A strong winter storm starting on 1.20 and ending on this day dropped 1.5" of rain on San Bernardino and Redlands and up to 5" in Lake Arrowhead.
A flash flood in Upland damaged a road.
17" of snow fell in Big Bear Lake and Idyllwild.
Heavy snows closed schools and roads.

1962: Ben Lomond set its single day snowfall record of 2".

1962: The heaviest winter storm in 13 years struck the San Bernardino area with 2.93" in Ontario and about 2" in San Bernardino on this day and on 1.22.
Minor flooding of streets and neighborhoods resulted.
Snow that started on 1.20 and ended on this day reached the lower elevations with 2" in Victorville, Barstow and Yucaipa.
27" fell in Big Bear Lake and 24" in Lake Arrowhead over the three days.
Highways were closed.

1943: Reno, NV recorded 2.29" of precipitation, its second largest one-day total ever.

1937: Latest in the year that Fresno has had a low temperature in the teens, reading of 19° F.
Huntington Lake bottomed out at -18° F, coldest ever there; Yosemite Valley tied its' coldest low ever of -6° F.

1937: Snow flurries fell at San Diego.
Trace amounts stuck to northern and eastern parts of the city.

1937: Carson City, NV reported a morning low of -27° F, its all-time record low temperature.

1916: Widespread heavy rains hit Southern California starting on 1.14 and ending on this day. 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 9" 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.

1916: Reno, NV's morning low was -17° F.

1909: 4.53" of rain fell in San Bernardino on this day and 1.22.
At Pine Crest (Crestline) 7" fell and at Waterman Canyon 4.11" fell in 24 hours.
Lytle Creek, Waterman Canyon and the Santa Ana River all flooded.
Railroad damage occurred in Mill Creek and Colton.

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



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