Monday, February 20, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 20)

1996: A winter storm started on this date that produced extremely heavy rain at Red Rock Canyon (west of Las Vegas, NV) with a storm total of 4.03 inches measured in a 3 day period.

Monterey recorded a high of 86° F.
Salinas Airport recorded a high temperature of 85° F.

It was 95° F in Santa Ana, the highest temperature on record for February.

1993: Heavy rain across the region started on 2.18 and ended on this day.
1"-2" fell in Carlsbad. Flooding occurred from Oceanside to Encinitas.
Homes were damaged along the Mojave River in Hesperia.

1985: A sticky white rain fell across Southern California.
Apparently, strong winds blew dust from the dry Owens and China Lakes and mixed with rain clouds.
Everything was covered with fine white grit, slightly alkaline, but non-toxic.

1980: Six storms that began on 2.13 hit Southern California continuing on this day.
By 2.21, 12.75" 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 was completely inundated between Friars Rd. and I-8.
A tornado hit the Clairemont area of San Diego on this day causing considerable property damage.
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 end of seven consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in Victorville, which started on 2.14.
This also occurred on 2.18-24.2005, 1.13-19.1993, and 12.22-28.1971.

1969: Heavy snow in the mountains that began on this day and ended on 2.25 brought snow depths approaching the greatest depths on record.
Strong storm winds caused outages of telephone service, power, and gas. Heavy rain starting on 2.16 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.

1956: 26" of snow fell at Donner Memorial State Park, with 15" at Glenbrook, NV (east shore Lake Tahoe).

1953: Fresno had 3 consecutive days with lows of 28° F or lower from the 19th through 21st of February, the latest in the season as long of a streak of days has occurred.

1891: A prolonged storm dropped 33" of rain in Descanso within a 60 hour period from 2.19 to 2.23.
2.56" fell in San Diego.
There were heavy damages and losses to homes, land, livestock, transportation and power throughout the Tijuana and San Diego River Basins.

1884: Heavy rain fell in Fallbrook (more than 15" during the month) and more than 5" of rain fell in Spring Valley since 2.14 to this day.
Flooding and damage resulted in crops, livestock and railroads, particularly the railroad through Temecula Canyon.
The San Diego River was "booming" through Mission Valley on 3.10.1884.

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



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