Sunday, February 19, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 18)

2009: A parade of 6 storms brought a February record of 71" of snow to Mt. Charleston (near Las Vegas, NV and CA border) in a 13 day period.
On this date the snow depth stood at 51".

A waterspout was observed six nautical miles off Dana Point.

2005: This day marked the start of seven consecutive days (the most on record) of measurable precipitation in Victorville, which ended on 2.24.
This also occurred on 1.13-19.1993, 2.14-20.1980, and 12.22-28.1971.

1993: Heavy rain across the region started on this day and ended on 2.20.
1"-2" fell in Carlsbad.
Flooding occurred from Oceanside to Encinitas.
Homes were damaged along the Mojave River in Hesperia.

1990: Heavy snow that started on 2.16 and ended on this day brought 36"-48" of snow to the mountains.
48" was recorded at Green Valley and 46" at Big Bear Lake.
An avalanche at Wrightwood buried ten hikers, injuring one.

1988: Strong Mono Winds on the back side of a storm system caused considerable trees to fall in Yosemite National Park and in nearby parts of the Sierra.
One child was killed and two adults were injured at Yosemite Lodge when tree fell on the cabin they were in.

1988: Very strong Santa Ana winds started on 2.16 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 this day.
Gusts to 63 mph hit Ontario on this day and a gust of 50 mph was reported at Rancho Cucamonga on 2.16.
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.

1986: An extensive period of rain caused severe flooding in the Truckee and Carson River basins.

1986: Highest minimum temperature ever in Fresno in February, 59° F.

1984: Heavy rain that started on this day and ended on 2.19 caused mud slides in Orange County up to two feet deep.
Up to 16" of snow fell in the mountains.

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 were destroyed or damaged.
Mission Valley was completely inundated between Friars Rd. and I-8.
Large waves hit coast during this
stormy period, causing coastal flooding at Mission Beach, including water over the boardwalk and into houses.

1969: 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.

1930: Warmest day in February at Fresno: 84° F  (tied with previous day).

1899: Berkeley recorded a high temperature of 80° F.

1897: 10.1" of snow fell at Carson City, NV.

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



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