Sunday, March 5, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (March 4)

2001: Powerful southeast winds blew 53 power poles along with numerous trees and fences in the south Valley and Kern County mountains. 
Wind gusts of 83 mph were recorded 5 miles east of Tehachapi and 55 mph in Tehachapi. 
In Valley town such as Arvin, Shafter and Wasco with wind caused dirt to pile up to 10 inches deep. 
Bakersfield had a 51 mph gust, a record for March.

2000: A storm that started on this day and ended on 3.6 brought up to 17" of snow in 24 hours to the mountains. 
14" fell at Forest Falls. 
Three illegal immigrants died south of Mt. Laguna.

1996: A thunderstorm moved through Castro Valley , which produced winds of 45 knots with 1/2" hail.

1995: A mud slide at La Conchita (near Santa Barbara) destroyed nine houses within a few seconds.

1992: A series of storms that began on 3.1 and ended on 3.7 brought 1"-4" of rainfall and local flooding.

1991: A cold front produced wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph throughout the Reno, NV, and Carson City, NV, areas. 
Two small planes were overturned at the Reno airport.

1978: Heavy rain began on this day and ended on 3.5. 
20 deaths resulted from flooding and mudslides in the LA area. 
Three drowning deaths and disastrous flooding occurred in Lakeside. 
26 died and 600 were left homeless in Tijuana and Ensenada.

1978: An F1 tornado destroyed two barns and several roofs on others in Hilmar (Merced Co.). 
In addition, several houses suffered damage and a number of almond trees were uprooted.

1976: A storm that started on 3.2 and ended on this day brought 20" of snowfall to Running Springs.

1974: Coldest ever at Lodgepole in March, -2° F and the latest subzero temperature in the season on record here.

1952: It was 29° F in Palm Springs, the lowest temperature on record for March
This also occurred on 3.13.1936.

1951: In Riverside it was 28° F, the lowest temperature on record for March.

1943: A major storm struck the San Bernardino Mountains and nearby areas from 3.3 to 3.5. 
During one eleven hour period, 5.25" of rain fell in Crestline. 
Victorville had a storm total of 1.82". 
Only minor flood damage and closed roads were reported around Fontana.

1938: Storms of tropical origin that started on 2.27 ended on this day. 
11.06" of rain fell at LA. 
More than 30" of precipitation fell at several mountain stations of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains (32.2" at 8,300 feet elev.), with more than 22" 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.

1894: The high temperature at Reno, NV, was only 23° F.

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



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