2013: This was the second day of stormy weather for the Easter weekend (that started on March 30th).
A strong upper-level low pressure system moved over the region and brought numerous showers and thunderstorms to the region, including the central San Joaquin Valley and southern Sierra Nevada, as well as the adjacent foothills.
Almost 2,000 lightning strikes were reported during the late afternoon and evening hours throughout the Hanford warning and forecast area.
Pea-sized (about one quarter inch in diameter) hail was reported in Los Banos, although it covered much of the ground about one or two inches deep.
Some hail as much as one inch in diameter (or quarter-sized), was reported along Highway 99, about 10 miles southeast of Madera; this storm briefly snarled traffic.
A storm spotter photographed an impressive looking thunderstorm with supercell
characteristics, including a wall cloud and flanking clouds associated with its updraft, moved over Millerton Lake around 8:30 to 9:00 PM local time.
However, no damage was reported with this storm.
1999: Snowburst in 8 hours dropped 11" of snow at Tuolumne Meadows, 6" at Mariposa and 4" at Oakhurst.
1998: During a period starting on this day and ending on 4.1, numerous funnel clouds were reported near the coast of Orange and San Diego Counties, two of which became waterspouts off Orange County.
One waterspout briefly hit the coast as a tornado south of the Huntington Beach Pier.
1997: A strong cold front moving through the Kern County mountains caused gusts to 81 mph at Mojave.
1989: It was 101° F in Borrego Springs, the highest temperature on record for March.
This also occurred on 3.27.1988.
1982: 29" of snow fell at Glenbrook, NV (east shore Lake Tahoe).
1966: It was 82° F in Palomar Mountain and 104° F in Palm Springs, each the highest temperature on record for March.
1966: Pinnacles reported a high of 93° F.
1936: 14" of snow fell at Cedarville (Surprise Valley).
1916: Yosemite Valley reached 90° F, warmest high on temperature on record so early in the season.
Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, & San Diego