Saturday, May 20, 2017

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (May 19)

2008: An intense heat wave that induced record temperatures over the coast and valleys
the prior two days shifted to the deserts on this day.
The afternoon high in Palm Springs reached 113°.

A southern California radio station reported that more than 20 homes were flooded in Twentynine Palms from heavy thunderstorm rains.
Also, the flooding closed Route 62 for about 10 hours due to mud and debris across the road. Damage was estimated at $200,000.

A thunderstorm outflow boundary generated gusty winds that caused blowing dust on Highway 99 southeast of Fresno.
Visibility was lowered substantially resulting in a 30 vehicle pile-up that injured 15 people.

1975: Reno, NV, measured 0.9" of snow.

1957: Tornado lasted from 8:18 AM until 8:23 AM observed near the Fresno Air Terminal.
The tornado lifted shingles off of houses and knocked over a tree and was rated an F1.
This is the third oldest documented tornado on record in the Fresno area.

1952: Strong winds caused crop and property damage in the South Valley.
Up to 20% of plums were damaged, sandblasting damaged cotton and some shoots on grapevines were removed by the wind.
Thousands of branches littered roads, blocking travel.
In addition, power lines fell and windows were shattered.
Fresno had sustained 38 mph winds from the north.

1945: It was 20° F in Idyllwild, the lowest temperature on record for May.

1925: San Francisco picked up 1.24" of rainfall.

1915: 4" of snow fell at Boca (Nevada Co.).

1892: A springtime heat wave hit Southern California starting on 5.17 and ending on this day.
Temperatures met or exceeded 95° F in LA each day.

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



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