Thursday, March 2, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (February 27)

2010: A tsunami was generated from a Chile earthquake of M8.8. Sections of a Shelter Island dock were damaged. 
Several vessels broke moorings in San Diego Bay.

 A thunderstorm produced dime size hail in Mira Mesa. 
8" of graupel (soft hail) piled up on I-15 there causing immense traffic delays. 
Several funnel clouds were observed in Escondido. 
A waterspout was observed ten miles west of San Diego - Lindbergh Field. 
It snowed 12" at Palomar Mountain, the greatest daily snowfall on record for February
This also occurred on 2.13.1973 and 2.19.1962.

2000: A line of severe thunderstorms spawns four F0 tornadoes and three episodes of 0.75"- diameter hail across western and central Fresno and Madera counties. 
The hail caused a multiple car accident on Highway 99 in Madera County. 
These were the last tornadoes to hit the Central California Interior in the 20th Century. 
1.87" of rain fell at the Fresno Yosemite Airport, for the wettest day in February at Fresno.

1996: A storm that started on 2.25 and ended on 2.28 produced 0.5"-1.5" of rainfall in coastal areas. 
Snowfall of 10" was recorded at Idyllwild, 2" in Yucaipa and even a dusting in Hemet and Corona. 
12"-24" of snow fell in the higher mountains and up to 6" fell in the high desert.

1991: Several multi-vehicle pile-ups occurred on Highway 58 about 4 miles east of Bakersfield due to near zero visibility from blowing dust. 
The largest involved 70 vehicles and resulted in 36 injuries, 8 of which were serious.

1991: A series of storms that started on this day and ended on 3.1 produced 3"-6" of rainfall at lower elevations and 11"-14" of precipitation in the mountains. 
Two died and six were injured. 
Hazards included urban flooding, mudslides, and road washouts. 
Flood waters were five feet deep at Desert Hot Springs. 
24"-36" of snow were dumped on the Big Bear area and up to 24" fell elsewhere in the mountains. 
Highways were closed.

1989: It was 95° F in Borrego Springs, the highest temperature on record for February.

 Gusty southeast winds caused minor damage to an aircraft and other structures at the Chowchilla Airport.

1986: It was 99° F in Palm Springs, the highest temperature on record for February
This also occurred on 2.26.1986.

1986: Half Moon Bay recorded a high temperature of 78° F. 

1983: Heavy rain that started on 2.24 and ended on 2.28 brought extensive street flooding. 
Damage was done to 30 cars and an apartment building in Anaheim.

1971: Santa Maria set a monthly record low of 22° F. 

1962: Los Gatos recorded a low temperature of 21° F.  

1962: The morning low at Truckee was -23° F. 
The low at Portola was -20° F, and at Tahoe City the low was -10° F.

1957: A heavy rainstorm drenched the Southland. 
Burn areas from fires the previous November in the San Bernardino foothills led to severe debris flows and flash floods into Highland. 
A block of homes were inundated as well as most of a school grounds. 
City Creek ran black from ash and soot.

1955: 25" of snow fell at Truckee, with 15" of snow being reported at Glenbrook.

1951: It snowed 1.5" in Victorville, the greatest daily snowfall on record for February.

1938: Storms of tropical origin that started on this day ended on 3.4. 
One was killed by lightning in Corona. 
11.06" of rain fell at LA. 
More than 30" fell at several mountain stations of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains (32.2" at 8,300 feet elev.). 
More than 22" fell in the Santa Ana River headwaters. 
Considerable snow was melted, adding to the runoff. 
This led to unprecedented flood control efforts, including a network of dams and canals and concrete channels. 
For the storm 210 were reported dead or missing in flooding across Southern California, 45 in Orange County, of which 43 perished in Mexican-American Atwood from an 8-foot wall of water. 
Hundreds were injured. 
The Santa Ana River flooded, inundating nearly all of northern Orange County. 
Catastrophic damage hit more than 1,500 residences. 
400 cabins and buildings were washed away in and around San Antonio Canyon. 
The Whitewater River flooded, isolating Palm Springs.

1891: Heavy rains over two weeks caused immense damage in San Diego and catastrophic damage in Tijuana. 
The worst was flooding along the Tijuana River where all structures were swept away and a man was killed. 
Three prospectors died at Table Mountain in Baja California.

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



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