Monday, February 13, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 13)

2008: A 127 mph wind gust was recorded at Yucca Mountain, NV (just east of Death Valley NP near CA-NV border).

Heavy rains that started on 2.11 and ended on 2.14 produced the following rainfall totals: 10.15" at Forest Falls, 9.75" in Lytle Creek, 8.47" in Lake Arrowhead, 7.6" at Santiago Peak, 6.86" in Mira Loma, 5.15" in Wrightwood, 3.95" in Hesperia, 3.87" at Lake Elsinore, 3" at Lindbergh Field.
Local flooding resulted.

2003: Quick deluge in Northwest Fresno: 3.4" of rain fell in just 2 hours.
Up to 3 feet of water flooded parts of the area.

2001: A strong winter storm that started on 2.11 and ended on this day brought 2"-5" of rain to Orange County and the western Inland Empire.
1"-2" fell over the rest of the lowlands.
Extensive urban flooding and mud slides resulted.
Trees and power lines were knocked down.
Over a week of heavy snow that started on 2.6 and ended on 2.14 continued on this day.
The snowfall was called "most in a decade."
60" fell at Blue Jay and Mountain High, 24" at Snow Summit, and 5"-12" at Apple Valley.
Mountain High reported 30" of new snow on this day.
The roof of an ice rink caved in at Blue Jay.
On this day a thunderstorm wind gust hit 89 mph in eastern Orange and a funnel cloud was observed in Palm Desert.

2001: Snow fell in the Kern County deserts with generally 1"-2" accumulating while up to 30" of snow fell at Frazier Park in the Kern County mountains.
Along Interstate 5, some 500 motorists were stranded on the Grapevine.

1994: Mount Hamilton picked up 2.54" of rain.

1992: A series of many intense storms started on 2.5 and ended on 2.16.
The storms brought a total of 20"+ inches of precipitation to the mountains and eight to16"+ inches to lower elevations.
Two were killed in an avalanche at Mt. Baldy.
Flash flooding, mud slides, and road closures also occurred.

1980: A total of six storms moved from the Pacific Ocean into southern California and Arizona over a period of about 13 days (2.13 - 2.25). Daily rainfall quantities in Arizona were not extraordinary, but the total volume of runoff far exceeded available reservoir capacity. The peak discharge of the Salt River at Phoenix was 170,000cfs, which was greater than any previous flow since 1905. This flood had the greatest impact on the largest number of residents in Arizona history and resulted in $80 million in damage. The greatest flood damage occurred along the Salt River in the greater Phoenix area. Eleven of the thirteen bridges or crossings were destroyed or damaged. Approximately 600 homes to the west of Phoenix were damaged and many others destroyed. 6,000 residents had to be evacuated.

1980: Six storms hit Southern California beginning on this day.
As of 2.21, 12.75" of rain measured in LA.
30 were killed in widespread floods and mud slides.
Roads and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.
Post-fire flooding overwhelmed a basin below Harrison Canyon in north San Bernardino four times.
Forty homes were damaged or destroyed there.
Mission Valley became completely inundated between Friars Rd. and I-8.
Large waves hit the coast during this stormy period, causing coastal flooding at Mission Beach, including water over the boardwalk and into houses.
This day marked the start of nine consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs which ended on 2.21.
This also occurred on 2.26-3.6.1983 and 2.5-13.1978 in San Diego and 1.19-1.27.1969 in Riverside.
This day also marked the start of ten consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in Borrego Springs, which ended on 2.22.

1978: Several reports of funnel clouds were reported in the Lindsay and Visalia areas.
This prompted the issuance of the first Tornado Warning ever by the National Weather Service in Fresno which was issued around 4:30 PM and lasted for two and a half hours and was for Fresno and Tulare Counties.

1978: This day was the end of nine consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in San Diego which started on 2.5.
This also occurred on 2.26-3.6.1983 and 2.13-21.1980.
Lightning struck numerous power lines, knocking out power for 20,000 San Diegans.

1973: It snowed 12" at Palomar Mountain, the greatest daily snowfall on record for February.
This also occurred on 2.27.2001 and 2.19.1962.

1971: It was 77° F at Palomar Mountain, the highest temperature on record for February.
This also occurred on 2.21.1972.

1959: The morning low temperature at Bridgeport (Mono County seat) was -25° F.

1949: Boca (just east of Truckee, CA) reported a morning low of -41° F.

1948: It was 25° F in Santa Ana, the lowest temperature on record for February.
This also occurred on 2.14.1949.

1927: Continual rain that started on 2.11 for six days ended on 2.17.
21.86" fell at Cuyamaca, 13.1" at El Capitan, 10.7" at El Cajon, 9.54" at La Mesa and 6.33" at San Diego. 8.3" fell in San Bernardino and 5.6" in Riverside.
Heavy warm rains melted mountain snows.
Unprecedented flow occurred on the Whitewater River.
Floods washed out roads and bridges in Thousand Palms and Palm Desert.
Levees were broken and Thermal was inundated.
Several San Diego County dams overtopped, causing widespread flooding downstream.
Bridges and roads were washed out in east San Diego metro area. Large areas of Long Beach, Fullerton and Anaheim were inundated.

 Carson City, NV, reported a morning low of -12° F.

1903: Santa Cruz recorded a low temperature of 13° F.

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



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