Tuesday, January 23, 2018

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 23)

2015: Strong offshore winds hit the foothills.
Some gusts reached 65 mph.
Several trees and power lines were downed in the Inland Empire and foothills of San Diego
Two semi trucks overturned.

2014: Strong high pressure allowed downsloping (east/southeast) winds to warm afternoon temperatures to record highs in much of the San Joaquin Valley.
Strong winds were observed in the south end of the San Joaquin Valley and on the Grapevine
Pass along Interstate 5.
Trees and power lines were blown over in Bakersfield; wind gusts to 43 mph were reported at Meadows Field Airport.

This ended a period of several strong Pacific storms over a 7-day period that began on Jan 17th.

Wrightwood received 24"-38" of new snow from this day to 1.25.
Interstate 15 and Hwy 138 were closed.
Three were killed in avalanches at Mountain High Ski Resort.

2006: A Santa Ana wind event brought peak winds from 1.22 to 1.24.
On 1.24 at Fremont Canyon gusts reached 71 mph.
During these days, wind gusts exceeded 60 mph on 19 observations there. Seven big rigs overturned in Fontana.
Downed power lines and trees caused power outages and property damage.
A roof of a carport was torn off in Hemet.
A dust storm closed Ramona Expressway.

A potent winter storm dumped heavy snow on the east slopes of the southern Sierra and in the Owens Valley.
Snow began the evening of Jan. 23 at Aspendell, at the 8,500 foot level in the mountains west of Bishop, and continued until late afternoon on Jan. 25.
A total of two feet fell in the mountain community. Snow began to fall in Bishop early in the afternoon on Jan. 24 and lasted for a little more than 24 hours.
A total of 10"-15" fell in the Owens Valley over an area extending from Bishop to Olancha.
As a result, multiple vehicle accidents occurred, schools were closed on Jan. 25 and travel was restricted on several roads in the region.

1997: Heavy rain caused a rock and mud slide taking out Generals Highway just below Giant Village in the Sierra.
Numerous trails and roads were also damaged in Kings Canyon National Park.
High water also washed away Highway 198 just above Three Rivers.

1996: A storm that started on 1.22 and ended on this day brought 12" of snow above 4000 feet.

1983: A series of storms produced across Southern California surf up to 16 feet from 1.22 to 1.29.
Several piers collapsed.
Damage was done to numerous businesses and homes.
Several injuries occurred as people were swept off rocks.

1969: Heavy rains of tropical origin began on 1.18 ended on 1.28.
As much as 50" of rain fell at 7,700 feet. 31" of rain fell on the south slopes of Mt. San Gorgonio, 15.5" at San Jacinto Peak, around 10" at Banning, less than 1" from Indio southeast.
87 were reported dead from flooding and mud slides all over California.
Scores died in traffic accidents.
Hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed in slides, including 14 destroyed and 11 damaged homes in Mt. Baldy Village.
50 homes near Forest Home (Forest Falls) were damaged by flooding.
Highways and railroads washed out.
Power outages occurred. Cucamonga Creek itself caused $10 million in damage.
The Mojave River took out numerous bridges and flooded farmlands in the upper desert.
Strong storm winds felled trees which killed four and caused power outages.

1967: Two back to back storms starting on 1.21 and ending on 1.25 brought 9.24" of precipitation to Lake Arrowhead, 5.46" to Palomar Mountain, 4.86" to Big Bear Lake, 4.24" of rain to San Bernardino, 4.04" to Idyllwild, 2.81" to Santa Ana, and 2.13" to San Diego.
Several roads were flooded and closed for a time.
Heavy snowfall amounted to 24" at Big Bear Lake, 20" at Lake Arrowhead, and 8" at Idyllwild and Palomar Mountain. Roads were closed for a time.

1962: The morning low temperature at Bridgeport (Mono Co.) was -28° F.

1960: It was 23° F at Lompoc setting a the record low for the month.

1950: Powerful downslope winds blasted the Owens Valley of California, especially near canyon mouths.
A car and trailer were rolled over by the wind while traveling 10 miles south of Olancha.
In Bishop, a tree fell on a house.
In Independence the windows of the Inyo County Court House were blown in and a ventilator was blown off a school roof.
A power transmission tower was damaged near Cartago and roofs of buildings were damaged at Mansanar.

1947: Fresno recorded its' 21st day in a row with a low temperature of 32° F or lower, an all-time record for any month.
Citrus crops endured some damage.

1943: A major storm hit Southern California, especially the deserts on this day and on 1.24.
26.12" fell in 24 hours at Hoegees Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains (starting this day and ending on 1.24), setting the state 24 hour precipitation record.
4.57" of rain fell in Palm Springs, the greatest daily amount on record.
2.31" of rain fell in Borrego Springs, and 2" in Victorville, each the greatest daily amount on record for January.
For the storm, more than 28" fell at Camp Baldy, 14.28" in Upland, 7.23" in San Bernardino, and about 3" in Victorville.
Lytle Creek flooded, killing one and forcing 150 families in San Bernardino and Colton to evacuate.
Other roads and bridges in this area were damaged or undermined.
All highways surrounding Victorville were blocked.

1923: 33" of snow fell at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe).

1862: Epic floods resulted, called the "Noachian Deluge of California", when it rained 30 days in succession, beginning 12.24.1861 to this day.
35 inches of rain fell in LA.
In San Diego over 7" fell in January alone.
The Santa Ana River in Anaheim ran four feet deep and spread in an unbroken sheet of water to the Coyote Hills, three miles beyond the banks (in present-day Fullerton).
The mouth of the LA River shifted from Venice to Wilmington.
20 died in Orange County.
The worst flooding to date in San Diego County occurred after six weeks of rain.
All of Mission Valley was underwater and Old Town was evacuated.
The tide backed its waters into the San Diego River and cut a new channel into the bay.

1848: San Jose recorded a high temperature of 78° F.

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



Posted by: Kim Noyes <kimnoyes@gmail.com>

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