Thursday, March 2, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (March 1)

2015: Pilots reported several waterspouts about 25 miles southwest of Los Angeles International Airport.

2014: A very wet storm that was the only significant storm of the 2013-14 wet season occurred on 2/28 and on this day.
Rainfall ranged from 1" at the coast to up to 8" in the mountains.
Up to 1" fell in the desert. Yucaipa Ridge measured over 11".
8"-10" of snow fell over the Big Bear Lake region.
On 2/28, urban and flash flooding resulted with mud/debris flows, causing numerous road closures and swift water rescues in and around Anaheim, San Diego - Fashion Valley,
Escondido, Fallbrook and Lake Elsinore.
Mud slides closed Hwy. 74 (Ortega Highway) stemming from the Falls Fire burn scar.
Many road closures occurred in the Coachella Valley where rivers saw rises of 2 to 5 feet, in some instances within 12 hours.
On this day, flooding resulted in Oceanside, Temecula, Sea World San Diego, as well as some street flooding in Mission Viejo.

2003: Las Vegas, NV, officially recorded 0.07" of rain on this date.
This was the sixth consecutive day of measurable rainfall, tying the all-time record set in

1992: A series of storms that began on this day and ended on 3.7 brought 1"-4" of rainfall and local flooding (SoCal region).

1991: A series of storms that started on 2.27 and ended on this day produced 3"-6" of rainfall at lower elevations, with 11"-14" of precipitation in the mountains.
9.58" fell at Palomar Mountain on this day, the greatest daily rainfall on record.
From 2.28 to 3.2, Palomar Mountain recorded a whopping three-day total of 17.48"!
6.09" fell in Idyllwild on this day, the greatest daily amount for March and the second greatest daily amount on record.
This makes the two day total from 2.28 to this day an incredible 10.54".
1.93" fell in Palm Springs on this day, the greatest daily amount for March on record.
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.

1988: Unstable air in the wake of a cold front resulted in thunderstorms developing.
An F0 tornado occurred in Orosi in Tulare County.
A funnel cloud was also reported 3 miles northeast of Chowchilla.

1983: A series of El NiƱo storms battered Southern California, which began on this day and ended on 3.3.
Rain measured up to 18" from Santa Barbara to LA.
On this day two tornadoes were observed around LA.
At 8 pm one F2 tornado damaged seven businesses and 50 homes in South Central LA, caused 30 injuries and lifted about one mile before reaching the civic center.
An F0 tornado injured a motorist when his Cadillac was lifted 15 feet and carried across a highway in San Marino.
Also on this day 0.33" fell in five minutes in San Diego, the greatest five minute rainfall on record.

1983: Heavy rainfall of 2"-7" fell in Kern County in just a 2 day period, including 6.5" at Frazier Park from March 1st through the 2nd.
Flash flooding in the Tehachapi Mountains and the Caliente Creek watershed down to the southeast end of the San Joaquin Valley, including Lamont where most of the town flooded.
The peak flow from the Caliente Creek into the southeast end of the San Joaquin Valley was 15,000 cubic feet per second.
A total of 1,973 homes in Lamont alone were damaged or destroyed – over half of the town.
Over 33 roads were washed out in Kern County and two 100 car trains had to be abandoned after water washed out parts of tracks.
In the town of Caliente, 77 people were rescued by helicopter.
A series of storms resulted in continued flooding through the 13th.

1981: A storm that began on this day and ended on 3.3 dumped 3" of rain along the coast and 5"-6" in the local mountains.
Widespread street flooding, mud slides, and power outages resulted.

1970: A strong storm hit the region on this day and on 3.2.
5.22" fell in Lytle Creek, 3.12" in Lake Arrowhead, 2.6" in Redlands, 1.87" in San Bernardino, 1.79" in Riverside, 1.66" in Palm Springs, and 1.35" in Santa Ana.
One died in floodwaters in Chino.
Extensive flooding occurred all over the northern Inland Empire.

1962: San Luis Obispo set a monthly record low with 28° F.

1958: It was 14° F in Victorville, the lowest temperature on record for March.
This also occurred on 3.2.1939.

1952: Winds gusted to 62 mph in LA, the highest wind speed on record.

1938: Storms of tropical origin that started on 2.27 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 died in Orange County, of which 43 perished in Mexican-American Atwood from an eight-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.

1936: San Francisco had a high of 77° F.

1922: The morning low temperature at Portola was -8° F.

1922: Huntington Lake dropped to -10° F, lowest on record here in March.

1902: 14.5" of snow fell at Carson City, NV with 14.4" of snow being reported at Reno, NV.

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



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