Wednesday, February 15, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 15)

1998: El Niño continued.
A strong storm that started on 2.14 and ended on this day brought 1"-2" of rainfall to coastal areas, 3"-5" to the valleys and foothills.
Flooding and mud slides resulted.

1992: A strong winter storm lowered the snow level to about 2000 feet in the Kern County mountains.
This was one in a series of storms during February 1992 that dumped a total of 17.32" of precipitation on Frazier Park during the month.
The cause was an inflow of subtropical moisture that moved over the Tehachapi Mountains from the south.
Nearby communities also had very high monthly precipitation totals for February 1992, with Lebec recording 11.65", and Pine Mountain Club receiving 11.25" of precipitation.

1992: A series of many intense storms across SoCal started on 2.5 and ended on 2.16.
The storms brought a total of 20"+ inches of precipitation to the mountains and 8"-16" to lower elevations.
Two were killed in an avalanche at Mt. Baldy.
Flash flooding, mud slides, and road closures also occurred.
A tornado in Camp Pendleton caused property damage on this day.

1990: Gilroy recorded a low temperature of 23° F.

1990: It was 24° F in Borrego Springs, the lowest temperature on record for February.

1986: An F0 tornado damaged roofs and landscaping in a mobile home park near Dinuba (Tulare Co.).

1986: Heavy rain that started on 2.14 and ended on 2.17 (across SoCal) claimed one life from resultant flash flooding.
High surf during this period caused two drowning deaths.

1980: An F0 tornado touched down near Dinuba (Tulare Co.) damaging a chicken barn.

1980: Six storms that began on 2.13 hit Southern California continuing on this day.
As of Feb 21, 12.75" measured in LA.
30 were killed in widespread floods and mud slides.
Roads and hundreds of homes were 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.

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.

1959: Strong southerly winds associated with a cold front blew across interior central California.
A "huge" dust storm south of Bakersfield closed Highway 99 for a few hours.
Sheds and barns were also blown down in Fresno and near Bakersfield.
Plate glass windows were also smashed in Bakersfield as well.
The highest sustained wind at both Fresno and Bakersfield was 32 mph.

1959: Heavy rains that started on 2.14 and ended on 2.16 produced flooding in San Diego.

1942: It was 10° F in Victorville and 24° F in Palm Springs, each the lowest temperatures on record for February.
In Palm Springs this also occurred on 2.21.1953.

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.

1903: Carson City, NV, reported a morning low of -11° F.

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



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