Wednesday, January 3, 2018

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 3)

2005: From the afternoon of January 2nd until early on the 4th, heavy snow fell in the Tehachapi Mountains.
Between 28" and 36" of snow fell at Frazier Park and 14" at Tehachapi.
Interstate 5 was closed over the Grapevine for much of the 3rd.

2001: Santa Ana winds started on 1.2 and ended on this day.
Gusts reached 60 mph at Rialto and 52 mph at Ontario.
The Viejas Fire resulted, burning 5,500 acres east of Alpine.
Trees and power lines were downed.

1999: A total of 78 vehicles piled-up in two areas on Highway 58 about 15 miles east-southeast of Bakersfield due to dense fog.
One person was killed and 15 were injured.

1997: Floods across Northern California starting New Year's Day caused $750 million in this region alone. These floods were the result of a relatively warm and wet, powerful storm traversing over NorCal following days of heavy snowfalls of which much of that was melted as a result. These historic floods also caused much damage in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Nevada.

1997: The most severe flooding in history in the eastern Sierra and western Nevada.
Two people died due to the flooding and damage was estimated at $1 billion.

1997: Greatest flood on record in Yosemite Valley.
The Merced River crested at Pohono Bridge at 23.45', an 80 year high.
Extensive damage occurred to park trails, roads, sewer and water systems and housing totaling $178 million in damage here alone.

1995: Heavy rain started on this day and ended on 1.4.
The result was flash flooding in Seal Beach, Norco, and Oceanside.
A mudslide killed six at La Conchita near Santa Barbara.
6"-12" of snow fell in the mountains.
Snow also fell in the high desert, with 2" of heavy, wet snow down to 2300 feet.

1981: It was 71° F in Big Bear Lake, the highest temperature on record for January.

1976: Oakland Museum recorded a record low temperature of 33° F..

1974: Heavy rain and snow began on this day and ended on 1.5.
One drowning death occurred near Temecula.
Many highways were closed because of flooding and mud slides.
Over 18" of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountains.
As a result, structures and a few roofs collapsed due to the weight of snow.
Power lines and trees snapped.

1974: The high temperature in Las Vegas, NV, was 32° F.
One of only 10 times that the high temperature did not climb above the freezing mark.

1969: Two funnel clouds reported during the afternoon near Fresno.

1949: All-time coldest temperature ever in Santa Barbara, 20° F.

1916: 45" of snow fell at Truckee, with 31" of snow being reported at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe).

1912: The morning low temperature at Reno, NV, was -11° F.

1902: It was 81° F in San Diego on this day and again on 1.4, the highest temperature of 1902, remarkably in January!

1908: All-time record low recorded at Bakersfield, 12° F.

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



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