Thursday, February 16, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 16)

2009: A snowstorm brought amounts of up to 18" in the mountains, bringing the snow depth in Big Bear City to 45". 
Several highways in the mountains, including I-15 through the Cajon Pass, were closed due to snow.

2006: Pinnacles National Monument recorded a low temperature of 17° F.

1992: A series of many intense storms started on 2.5 and ended on this day. 
The storms brought a total of more than 20" 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.

1991: Gusty winds of 60 mph felled numerous downed trees that blocked roads in Yosemite valley.

1990: San Luis Obispo tied a monthly record low with 28° F.

1990: Heavy snow that started on this day and ended on 2.18 brought three to four feet of snow to the mountains. 
48 inches were recorded at Green Valley and 46 inches at Big Bear Lake. 
An avalanche at Wrightwood buried ten hikers, injuring one.

1990: 20" of snow fell at Portola (Plumas Co.).

1990: Dust storm caused 3 separate car pile-ups on Interstate 5 in Kern County with a total of 40 vehicles involved. 7 people were injured.

1988: Very strong Santa Ana winds started on this day and ended on 2.19. 
Gusts of 90 mph at Newport Beach and 70+ mph in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills were measured on 2.17. 
Gusts to 76 mph hit Monument Peak - Mt. Laguna on 2.18. 
Gusts to 63 mph hit Ontario on 2.17 and a gust of 50 mph was reported Rancho Cucamonga on this day. 
Numerous trees and power lines were downed causing power outages near the foothills of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains. 
On 2.19 in Pauma Valley a mobile home was overturned and shingles were torn off roofs. 
Fontana schools were closed due to wind damage. 
Three were killed when a big rig truck overturned and burned (one was killed having stepped on a downed power line). 
Power outages hit 200,000 customers in LA and Orange counties. 
Minor structural damage occurred to signs, etc. 
Grass fires resulted. Roof damage was widespread in communities around Glendale and Pasadena. 
Planes flipped in Burbank and at John Wayne airports. Boats were torn from moorings in Newport Harbor.

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

1980: Six storms that began on 2.13 hit Southern California continuing 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.

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.

1978: Funnel cloud sighted near Dinuba (Tulare Co.).

1969: Heavy rain starting on this day ended on 2.26. 
Up to 30" of precipitation fell on the south slopes of Mt.San Gorgonio, 13" was recorded northwest of Mt. San Jacinto, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" in eastern Coachella Valley. 
The death and destruction continued from the previous month. 
21 died from flooding and mud slides all over California
An entire family was killed in Mt. Baldy Village when a mud slide hit their home. 
Extensive damage hit crops, farmland and livestock. 
Creeks around Yucaipa all left their banks and substantial flooding occurred to residences and businesses. 
In the upper desert farmlands became lakes and more than 100 homes along the Mojave River were damaged. 
Roads and bridges recently repaired from previous month's damage either washed out or were destroyed again.

1959: Heavy rains that began on 2.14 ended on this day produced flooding in San Diego.

1927: Continual rain that started on 2.11 for six days ended on 2.17. 
On this day 6.63" of rain fell in Escondido, an astounding number and the greatest daily amount on record. 
This greatly exceeds the second greatest amount of 4.28" on 12.24.1940. 
4.69" fell in Santa Ana, also the greatest daily amount on record. 
For the entire period, 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.

1919: Coldest high temperature ever in February in Bakersfield, 37° F.

1911: The temperature of 34° F in San Diego on this day was the lowest temperature for February on record.

1902: Warmest day in February in Bakersfield, 88° F for a high.

1897: 10" of snow fell at Reno, NV.

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



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