Monday, March 13, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (March 12)

1996: An F0 tornado touched down in northwest Hanford demolishing a small farm structure and shredded some bushes.
A second tornado touched down in northeast Hanford 18 minutes later, and may have been a regeneration of the earlier tornado.
The other tornado knocked down trees and toppled fences.

1996: A storm that started on this day and ended on 3.13 brought 8"-12" of snow to the San Bernardino Mountains.

1995: From March 10-13, 1995, Monterey County experienced significant winter storm which resulted in sustained heavy precipitation falling on already-saturated watersheds. 
Pinnacles National Monument received a record 6.39" of rain over three days. 
Devastating flooding occurred throughout Monterey County, particularly along the Carmel, Arroyo Seco, Salinas, and Pajaro Rivers. 
Damage was extensive throughout the County with virtually every community affected. 
Pajaro, Castroville, Mission Fields, Carmel Valley, and Big Sur sustained devastating damage. Over 1,500 residences were damaged, including 60 homes which were declared uninhabitable. The highway 1 bridge over the Carmel River washed out. 
The closure of Highway 1 over the Carmel River resulted in the complete elimination of access to portions of Carmel Highlands and Big Sur for a period of several days, requiring evacuations to take place with helicopters. 
 Floods on the Pajaro, Carmel, and Salinas Rivers on March 12th were so severe that they cut off access to the Monterey Peninsula from the north and east. 
In fact, the Monterey Peninsula was isolated from vehicular traffic for a period of 24 hours. 
 The Salinas River exceeded its previous measured record crest by more than four feet, which was within a foot or two of the reputed crest of the legendary 1862 flood.

1995: Three days of soaking rain from the 9th through the 11th of March resulted in $146.8 million in damage to crops across interior central California.
Mendota was hard hit were many roads and poor drainage areas flooded and gusty winds toppled trees and knocked out power.
Highways 140 and 41 to Yosemite National Park were closed due to water, rocks and debris on the roads.

1990: A funnel cloud was observed five miles south of Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

1982: A thunderstorm produced lightning strikes and hail that piled up in La Mesa and along Interstate 8 near Pine Valley.
Lightning smashed a huge hole in a La Mesa home, throwing a resident, breaking a window and burning carpet.
Another bolt struck and splintered a nearby flagpole.
Other strikes started a small fire in Alpine.
Hail caused accidents along Interstate 8 in Pine Valley.

1969: It was -8° F in Big Bear Lake, the lowest temperature on record for March.

1968: Strong winds sweeping down the eastern slopes of the Carson Range caused over $1 million damage to homes and businesses in the Reno area.
At the Stead airport wind gusts reached 100 mph before the anemometer was destroyed.

1967: A series of storms brought heavy rain starting on 3.11 and ending on 3.14.
Total precipitation was 8.52" in Lake Arrowhead and 8.06" in Lytle Creek.
Only about 1" fell in the San Bernardino area during this time, and none in Victorville.
The Mojave River flooded a couple of roads and washed out construction sites in the desert.
Heavy snow fell in the higher mountains, up to two feet in Big Bear Lake.
But only one inch at Lake Arrowhead and Idyllwild.

1967: 22" of snow fell at Portola.

1965: Fresno received 1.55" of rain, setting a daily rainfall record.
Most of the rain fell in a 5 hour window from 4 PM to 9 PM, inundating streets and poor drainage areas with water described as up to hip deep.
A number of transformers in the city shorted out plunging many homes and businesses into darkness.

1954: The morning low temperature at Donner Memorial State Park (outside Truckee) was -9° F.

1950: Coldest ever so late in the season: Fresno had a low of 28° F, setting a record for the date.
This was also the lowest ever in March in 62 years.
A number of truck crops suffered damage and buds suffered on fruit and nut trees.

1941: A heavy storm hit the San Gabriel Mountains and Mojave Desert on this day through 3.14. Victorville received 1.78".
The Mojave River flooded homes in the Oro Grande Wash.
In Wrightwood three houses were destroyed from a mudslide in Heath Canyon.
Mud and debris six feet deep covered Lone Pine Road.

1934: It was 98° F in Escondido, the highest temperature on record for March.

1911: The greatest snow depth ever recorded in Nevada is set at Spooners Station, NV (east of Lake Tahoe), which measured 271" of snow on the ground.

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



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