Friday, January 5, 2018

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 5)

2016: A strong, low latitude jet stream brought a series of storms through Southern California starting on this day and ending on 1/7.
Three-day rainfall totals were around 2"-7" for the coast, valley and foothill areas, and one to three inches for the deserts.
After several years of drought, this was the only precipitation event of significance during an otherwise disappointing strong El NiƱo season.
The mountains received a wide range of snow amounts, ranging from 6"-30", most of which fell above 5000 feet.
The highest amounts were in the San Bernardino and Riverside County Mountains, with 20"-30" in several locations.
Strong thunderstorm winds damaged eight buildings and downed power lines in Vista.
A building roofcollapsed in Miramar and also at a horse stable in Bonsall.
Many trees in Sabre Springs were snapped, some as thick as 18".
A tree in Poway fell on a car.
Widespread flooding resulted from heavy rain, with southwestern San Diego County being hardest hit.
Floods buried cars in Ocean Beach and Mission Valley.
High water rescues occurred on 1/6 around San Diego. Small mudslides, including boulders on highways were reported near Ramona, Redlands, Crestline, Orange, Rancho San Diego and De Luz.
Three debris flows occurred in Silverado Canyon below a burn scar.
Pea size hail fell in Orange County, Carlsbad and Poway.
An airplane was struck by lightning on approach to San Diego airport on the morning of 1/7.
A waterspout was observed off the coast at Cardiff on 1/6.
A funnel cloud was sighted by several people in south San Clemente on 1/7.
One house was damaged, but most likely from a wet microburst.

Offshore winds started on this day and continued peaking each morning until 1.8.
Winds gusted to 84 mph at Fremont Canyon, 64 mph at Rancho Cucamonga, 63 mph at El Cariso, 62 mph at Rialto and 55 mph at Ontario.
Downed power poles, tree limbs resulted.
Trees fell on to homes and cars in Lake Arrowhead.

2003: Mono Winds developed bringing gusts as high as 106 mph to ski towers in the Sierra.

2000: Santa Ana winds started on this day and ended on 1.6.
Wind gusts of 93 mph were recorded at Fremont Canyon, 60 mph in Ontario and 58 mph in Devore.
Interstate 15 was closed.

1997: Storm winds on this day and on 1.6 produced a gust of 99 mph at Fremont Canyon and 58 mph elsewhere.

1992: A storm that started on this day and ended on 1.7 brought 1"-2" of rainfall to the lower elevations.
6"-20" of snow fell in the mountains and two to eight inches fell in the foothills and high desert floors.
Flooding and mud slides resulted.

1987: Heavy rain and snow from a powerful Pacific storm that started on 1.4 and ended on this day produced one to two plus inches of rainfall in the northern Inland Empire.
2.20" fell at Chino.
Lots of street flooding occurred, including road washouts in the high desert.
Up to 15" of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountains. 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 Road.
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.

1982: A slow-moving weather system dumped torrential rains on the region and triggered widespread floods and mudslides from Jan 3rd through the 5th, 1982.
On January 4, at the peak of the storm, 5"-10" of rain were measured around the San Francisco Bay Area.
And, over the three days, 25" of rain fell in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The heavy rain fell on already saturated soils, triggering vast mudslides and debris flows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Debris flows damaged at least 100 homes, killed 14 residents, and carried a 15th victim into a creek.
Shortly after rainfall ceased early on the 5th,a massive amount of earth and rock slid from a mountainside above the community of Love Creek (Ben Lomond) in Santa Cruz County, burying 10 people in their homes.

1982: Biggest 24 hour snowfall ever at Yosemite Valley, 29.5" fell.

1979: A waterspout came ashore and became a tornado at Mission Beach.
Several boats were tossed and damaged.
A catamaran was tossed 50 feet on to the boardwalk, damaging it.

1974: Heavy rain and snow began on 1.3 and ended on this day.
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.
It snowed 17" in Victorville, the greatest daily snowfall amount on record.
18" fell in Idyllwild, the greatest daily snowfall on record for January, and the third greatest snowfall on record.

1974: Snow fell in Las Vegas from the afternoon of the 4th into the morning of the 5th and totaled 9" at McCarran Airport, the second greatest storm total on record.

1974: Greatest snowfall ever at China Lake NAS: 11.0" fell.

1971: It was 1° F at Idyllwild, the lowest temperature on record.
It was 20° F in Borrego Springs, the lowest temperature on record.

1971: Portola had a morning low of -14° F.

1959: A big winter storm that began on 1.4 ended on this day.
Roof damage occurred and animals were killed in 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 1.4 and on this day.
Coastal damage occurred in San Diego and Orange Counties.
Boats and harbors were damaged.

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



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