Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (January 31)

2016: A powerful storm with a surface low that rapidly deepened in the Southern California Bight (curved coastline of Southern California from Point Conception to San Diego) brought an exceptionally strong cold front with widespread damaging wind gusts of 40-70 mph from the coast to the mountains.
A broken line of  thunderstorms formed along the front and combined with post frontal winds. Over 500 downed trees caused extensive damage. One woman was killed and two were injured when a pine tree 8 feet in diameter crushed four cars in Pacific Beach.

A ridge of high pressure and Santa Winds combined to bring very warm weather to the coast and valleys.
Record highs for the month were set in Riverside (97° F), Santa Ana (96° F), Escondido (92° F), and 90° F in Chula Vista and Vista, each the highest temperature on record for January.

 Needles, CA recorded a high temperature of 85 ° F which tied for the warmest reading in January.

2002: Temperatures plummeted on 1.30 and on this day.
It was 13° F at Shelter Valley, 17° F at Campo, 22° F at Ramona and 28° F at Escondido.
Crops were damaged in northern San Diego County.

1999: Four funnel clouds were reported in the Valley: two north of Bakersfield, one near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and another near Merced.

1995: Fresno recorded 0.01" of precipitation.
This marked the 21st day of the month to record measurable precipitation, a record for any month of the year.

1984: High of 82° F in Bakersfield, tied for warmest high ever in the month of January (also on January 16, 1932).

1979: A winter storm that started on 1.30 and ended on this day spread 2"-4" of rainfall in 24 hours over much of coastal Southern California, and 2" of snow in Palm Springs.
On this day snow fell heavily in Palm Springs and eight inches fell at Lancaster.
All major interstates into LA (I-5, I-15, and I-10) were closed.
Snow drifts shut down Interstate 10 on both sides of Palm Springs, isolating the city.
Schools were closed and hundreds of cars were abandoned.
A snow and rain mix was reported in Borrego Springs.
Mt. Laguna received two feet of snow and Julian one foot.
Winds up to 60 mph blew in the San Diego Mountains.
A tornado touched down in Santa Ana, and possibly occurred elsewhere.
Golf ball size hail and widespread snow were also reported during the storm.
4.82" of rain fell in National City, 4.25" in La Mesa, 3.30" at SDSU, and 3.78" in El Cajon.
Flooding occurred along Silver Strand highway, in Fashion Valley, also in Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Lakeside and Carlsbad.
Lake Hodges overflowed.
Numerous power outages resulted.
2.57" of rain fell in San Diego on this day, the seventh wettest calendar day on record and the wettest January day.
56" of snow fell in Big Bear Lake from this day to 2.2, the greatest storm snowfall on record.
26" fell on this day, the greatest daily snowfall on record for January and the second greatest daily amount on record.
This snowfall also occurred on 2.17.1990.
It snowed 1.5" in Palm Springs, the second greatest daily snowfall on record.
The only other daily measurable snowfall on record was 2" (the greatest daily amount on record) on 1.11.1930.

1979: Significant snow fell in the Kern County desert from the 30th into the 31st.
Total accumulations from this event included 9" at China Lake NAS and Mojave with 8" at Randsburg and 4.5" at Inyokern.

1979: Snow fell continuously for twenty-three hours and thirty-one minutes in Las Vegas on this date with a storm total of 7.8" at McCarran Airport.
107 Clark County schools and UNLV closed and McCarran Airport shut down.
Highways were covered with snow and extremely slippery resulting in at least 150 accidents.

1976: It was 83° F at Paso Robles setting a record high for the month.

1969: The morning low at South Lake Tahoe was -13° F.

1963: Big Sur received 9.23" of rain -- its greatest one day rainfall.

1938: 30" of snow fell at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe).

1916: Bridgeport (Mono Co. seat) had a morning low temperature of -36° F, its all-time record low temperature.

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


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