Wednesday, May 30, 2018

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (May 30)

2002: Thunderstorms dropped 1.01" of rain at the Hanford Airport in just 21 minutes in the afternoon resulting in street flooding in the city.
In just an hour, some 260 lightning strikes were recorded in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley.

2001: Ben Lomond had a high temperature of 105° F.

1991: A strong storm system moving through Utah and Nevada induced very strong winds in the
Coachella Valley.
Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph were reported in the area.
The winds kicked up dust and sand and knocked out power to 5,000 people.
One fatality occurred when a semitrailer was blown over crushing a pickup truck, with its unfortunate occupant still inside.

1991: Strong wind gusts, measured at 73 mph at McCarran Airport, blasted Las Vegas, NV, darkening 100,000 customers, tore down 150 power poles, blew a large rocket sign down at the Vegas World Casino and tore the tips off of turrets on the Excalibur.
Trees fell valley-wide and several cars were crushed by them including three cars in Summerlin, NV, that were hit by an overturned truck carrying carpeting.
The peak wind speed of 73 mph in Las Vegas set the highest reading recorded in May. 

1991: China Lake NAS clocked an 89 mph gust from the west, tied for the highest on record here (also had an 89 mph gust on January 14, 1950).

1984: Remarkably, on the same day of the highest maximum and minimum temperatures
(112° and 79°), Borrego Springs also recorded its record rainfall for this day (0.15 inch).
A weak tornado hit a golf course in San Dimas.
Minor damage occurred with about a dozen trees uprooted.

1984: Intense winds, gusting as high as 60 mph, blew across Kern County shattering windows, knocking air conditioning units off roofs and toppling trees.
A number of utility poles also were knocked down, some which were leveled by "a wall of wind and dust".
On this same date, Fresno only dropped to 76° F for low, making it the warmest minimum temperature on record for the month of May.

1983: Very heavy rain caused a mudslide on Slide Mountain (NV side of Lake Tahoe - north side of lake).
The resulting debris flow that was sent down Ophir Creek forced the closure of U.S. Highway 395.

1918: It was 32° F in Victorville, the latest date in the season with a freezing temperature on record.

1910: A heat wave sent the mercury soaring in the Coachella Valley.
Indio reached 121°, a record for May.

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



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