Thursday, January 4, 2018

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

2008: A vast and powerful winter storm struck the west coast on January 3 and 4, 2008. Dubbed the "January 2008 Western North American super storm" by the media, the storm affected a large area in Western North America stretching from western British Columbia to near Tijuana, Mexico. 
The storm peaked in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas on January 4th when the region experienced heavy rain and strong winds. 
Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were recorded on the Golden Gate Bridge, 78 mph on Angel Island, and 76 mph on Twin Peaks in San Francisco. 
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area are without power for at least a portion of the day.

2008: A powerful Pacific storm system produced 4" of rain in Bishop.
This set the all-time greatest one day rain total for this location.
This storm also produced significant snowfall amounts in the Sierra.
Aspendell (Inyo Co.) reported a total of 3 feet of new snow in 48 hours.

One of the most powerful Pacific storms in years brought high winds, locally heavy rains and significant high elevation snow to interior CentralCalifornia from the 4th through the 5th. 
The heaviest rain fell in the foothills and in the southern Sierra Nevada up through about 7000 feet in elevation where rainfall amounts reached as much as 9.41" at Wawona. In the High Sierra above 8000 feet, 3 to 6 feet of snow fell. 
Strong winds of 50 to 70 mph also destroyed the roof of school and flipped over two glider planes in Avenal. 
Other wind gusts clocked included 66 mph at Kettleman Hills, 67 mph at Inyokern and 75 mph at Crane Flat.

2008: A winter storm brought 1.91" of precipitation to Reno, NV, its fourth largest one-day total.
Gusts of 82 mph in Baker tore part of the roof off an elementary school.

1997: The Flood of January '97 caused significant flooding in the San Joaquin Valley as well as the adjacent foothills. 
Numerous houses adjacent to the San Joaquin River flooded, while agricultural lands near the Merced River were inundated. 
Flooding also impacted areas in the South Valley, especially Earlimart and Porterville.

1995: Heavy rain started on 1.3 ended on this day. 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 two inches of heavy, wet snow down to 2300 feet. 
3.16" of rain fell in Riverside, the wettest January day on record and the second wettest day on record.

1995: Snow fell and accumulated in the Kern County deserts. 
China Lake NAS measured 6.5" and Inyokern received 4.5". 
High winds also blew down power lines in Ridgecrest. 
The Kern deserts were not alone in experiencing gusty winds as 105 mph gusts hit Mettler, knocking down power poles.

1987: Heavy rain and snow from a powerful Pacific storm that started on this day and ended on 1.5 produced 1"-2" plus of rainfall in the northern Inland Empire. 
2.20" fell at Chino. 
Lots of street flooding occurred, including road washouts in the high desert. 
1..68" fell at San Diego, Cuyamaca Park 2.73", Julian 2.59", Lemon Grove 1.52", National City 1.40", El Cajon 1.34", Escondido 1.30", Coronado 0.95" and Del Mar 0.80". 
Two died on slick roads in San Diego County. 
The San Diego River flooded Mission Valley, stranding cars and closing roads, including Friars Rd. 
Lots of street flooding in Pacific Beach, Sorrento Valley and Spring Valley near the Sweetwater River. 
Sewage spilled into Mission Bay. 
Road washouts occurred in the high desert. 
Scattered power outages also resulted. 
Mud slides occurred on the Sunrise Highway. 
A mud slide in Pomona blocked traffic on the 60 freeway. 
A ski resort in Big Bear received up to two feet of snow at the higher lifts. 
Up to 15" fell elsewhere in the San Bernardino Mountains. 
Nine inches fell in Mt. Laguna, four inches in Cuyamaca Park and a few inches in Julian.

1982: El Nino rains in the San Francisco Bay Area caused flooding and mudslides that killed 36 people. 

1982: 21" of snow fell at Woodfords (Alpine County).

1974: Heavy rain and snow began on 1.3 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. 
Flurries were reported in Palm Springs. 
As a result, structures and a few roofs collapsed due to the weight of snow. 
Power lines and trees snapped.

1972: Hard freeze in Kern County: lows of 22° F at Wasco and 24° F at Buttonwillow; damaged to citrus and truck crops.

 It was 3° F in Idyllwild, the third lowest temperature on record. 
It was 29° F at Pt. Loma and Chula Vista, 28° F in La Mesa, 26° F in El Cajon, 24° F in Lakeside, 8° F at Mt. Laguna, and 5° F at Palomar Mountain. 
Ice skating was done on Lake Cuyamaca.

1971: The morning low temperature at Portola was -22° F.

 A strong winter storm hit the region on this day and on 1.5. 
Roof damage and animals were killed at San Diego. 
Considerable property damage resulted from flooding and mud slides. 
Rattlesnake Creek in Poway inundated the city.

1955: High surf from a big storm hit the coast on this day and on 1.5. 
Coastal damage occurred in San Diego and Orange Counties. 
Boats and harbors were damaged.

1949: It was 28° F in LA, the lowest temperature on record (also observed on 2.6.1883 and 1.7.1913). 
It was 8° F at Palomar Mountain, the lowest temperature on record, which also occurred on 12.30.1947.

It was 81° F in San Diego on 1.3 and on this day, the highest temperature of 1902, remarkably in January!

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



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