Blizzards, hurricane force winds pound California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 8:37 PM GMT on January 04, 2008

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A mighty hurricane-force Pacific storm continues to clobber California with blizzards, damaging winds, and flooding rains. Hardest hit are the Sierra Mountains, where winds at Ward Mountain near Lake Tahoe were 86 mph, gusting to 163 mph, at 11 am PST. The storm responsible is visible just off the coast of Washington (Figure 1), and has a central pressure near 960 mb--similar to that of a Category 2 hurricane. Blizzard conditions will continue over much of the Sierras, with 2-5 feet likely to fall by Saturday. Travel will be difficult of impossible in the northern mountains of California Friday and Saturday. Snow amounts may reach 10 feet by Monday in some mountain regions of California.


Figure 1. Visible satellite image of the California blizzard of 2008.

The storm pounded the San Francisco Bay area this morning with remarkable ferocity, bringing winds of tropical storm force to the entire region, accompanied by extremely heavy rain. Sustained winds of 53 mph gusting to 67 mph were measured at the San Francisco airport, forcing cancellation of 35 flights. High winds on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge forced closure of the bridge during the morning commute, when trucks toppled over on both upper and lower spans. Winds gusting to 70 mph were recorded on the Golden Gate bridge. At Mt. Diablo State Park just east of Oakland, sustained winds of 62 mph were reported at 9 am PST. A wind gust of 105 mph was reported at Los Gatos south of San Jose at 12pm PST. Ten inches of rain in 24 hours fell 13 miles southeast of Los Gatos.

In Southern California, the concern is heavy rain and flooding. Rainfall rates of up to an inch per hour are expected in the mountains, with total rain amounts of up to 10 inches expected in the south facing mountains. Landslides and debris flows are likely on the hillsides burned by the recent fires. Strong, damaging winds are expected over much of Southern California, as well. High winds over the the ocean will bring swells of 6-10 feet to the coast and 20 foot seas offshore, and isolated thunderstorms could spawn waterspouts. The storm responsible for the wild weather will weaken and move ashore on Saturday over British Columbia, but will still be strong enough to bring additional heavy rains, high winds, and mountain snows to California through Sunday.

Jeff Masters

Tahoe blizzard 2008 (pmik)
waiting on what is supposed to be a blizzard
Tahoe blizzard 2008
Northern Calif. Storm (sdminer)
A fence that borders the Muni tracks on King Street was downed by heavy winds during the storm that hit Northern California Friday. Taking up a nearly a full lane, traffic was backed up for blocks coming off the 280 and Fourth Street. Photo: Stephen Dorian Miner
Northern Calif. Storm

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202. SBKaren
7:52 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
That is odd sp - 'cause last nights radar should made it look like they were getting plenty! Still uploading pics! I hate the trash after a storm - just hate it!
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201. sp34n119w
7:39 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
The roads in the SF Valley are very prone to flooding - it's more a matter of poor drainage than excessive rain.
I wonder why Ventura only got 2" when Santa Paula got over 4"... I suppose it's about elevation (?) and/or orographics (is that the right word?).
Northern Cal definitely got the worst of this one. There doesn't seem to have been any significant wind damage down this way and there was plenty up north.
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200. SBKaren
7:21 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Well, after scrolling and reading back, I'd have to say that northern CA certainly received the brunt of this storm. We escaped completely unscathed by it all, barely receiving .40" of rain at my house.

Now I'm not complaining...no damage is a good thing. But it seems it was hyped up here a bit. Even the news report I read about LA county seems to go over the top. The road closures I read about in the LA County article are not main thoroughfares...but I don't live there and could be wrong. I don't doubt some flooding at intersections occurred because of the heavy rainfall at times.

To me, or at least to our town, the most damage is all the trash that floats down the river and onto the beach. I'm loading some pictures of it now. Now that's excessive damage!
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199. Inyo
7:02 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Here in Ventura we got about 2 inches, a respectible storm but no 2005. The mountains got clobbered though with totals over 8 inches in places. I am going to take the long way to LA and check out all the creeks, they should still be near flood stage.
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198. tmangray
6:37 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
NWS in SF has extended the Marine Warning as the squall line offshore is intensifying. Frequent lightning is being reported, somewhat unusual around here. Also strong gusty winds. Satellite images show good vertical shear---fast (& cold) NW flow aloft plus SW flow at the surface.
197. tmangray
6:29 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Redwoods actually do quite well in high wind,
as their roots go as much sideways as deep.
196. WarmWind
6:03 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Has anyone heard anything about the redwoods in the Eureka CA area? I used to live there and the redwoods topple en mass practically in high wind.
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195. anvilhead
5:46 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
lifted indexx


guys its 9, and day time heating could cause these to go wat down could we get t-storms today ive already seen sum in san fransicsco
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194. tmangray
5:35 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
So far, the blizzard in the Sierras seems to have been more wind than snow---and for most elevations below 6000, was mostly rain. However, the cold trough behind yesterdays front appears to be pulling in plenty of additional moisture plus cold which ought to add something to the below-normal Sierra snowpack.
193. aquak9
5:33 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Short article on conditions in Los Angeles county

Link
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192. tmangray
5:18 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
This storm was mainly a NorCal event. In a La Nina year, I wouldn't expect much ppt in SoCal.
191. tmangray
5:16 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
The NWS in SF has issued a marine warning for a strong TStorm about 60m off the coast. Satellite shows a prominent cell in a line of showers moving toward the east northeast. As the sea surface temps are in the low 50s, there must be some pretty cold air aloft to set off convection.
190. aquak9
5:12 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Sorry, feather, I'm not familiar with the area...was just pulling the links offa the news service. I'll post more info in your blog, ok?
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189. lightning10
5:04 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
The storm was very much hit or miss. Some areas got good rain some not so much at all. For So Cal to call this a drought buster is a joke.

The following are rainfall totals in inches
for this rain event through 400 am this morning.

.Los Angeles County metropolitan
Hawthorne (khhr)... ... ... ... ... ... 0.90
downtown Los Angeles... ... ... ... .. 1.54
Los Angeles ap (klax)... ... ... ... . 0.80
Long Beach (klgb)... ... ... ... ... .. 0.97
Santa Monica (ksmo)... ... ... ... ... 1.23
Monte Nido fs... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5.12
Big Rock Mesa... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.38
Bel Air hotel... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.19
Ballona ck @ Sawtelle... ... ... ... . 0.94
Hollywood rsvr... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.71
l.A. R @ Firestone... ... ... ... ... . 1.00
Dominguez water co... ... ... ... ... . 1.18
La Habra Heights... ... ... ... ... ... 1.49

.Los Angeles County valleys
Burbank (kbur)... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.83
Van Nuys (kvny)... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.12
Newhall... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.26
Agoura... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 3.58
Chatsworth rsvr... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.26
Sepulveda Cyn @ mulhl... ... ... ... . 5.63
Pacoima dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.99
Hansen dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.64
Newhall-Soledad schl... ... ... ... .. 3.54
Saugus... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.31
del Valle... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 2.32

.Los Angeles County San Gabriel valley
l.A. City College... ... ... ... ... .. 2.04
Eagle Rock rsrv... ... ... ... ... ... . 2.87
Eaton wash @ loftus... ... ... ... ... 2.91
San Gabriel r @ Vly... ... ... ... ... 2.08
Eaton dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.96
Walnut ck S.B... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.23
Santa Fe dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.35
Whittier hills... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.59
Claremont... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.83

.Los Angeles County mountains and foothills
Sandberg (ksdb)... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.14
Mount Wilson cbs... ... ... ... ... ... 3.53
Eaton dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.96
Santa Anita dam... ... ... ... ... ... . 5.83
San Gabriel dam... ... ... ... ... ... . 6.10
Morris dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5.91
big Dalton dam... ... ... ... ... ... .. 6.30
Sierra Madre maint yd... ... ... ... . 5.48
Tanbark... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7.12
San Antonio dam... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.76
Eaton dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.96
mill ck... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.04
chilao... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.16
Mt Baldy fs... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.10
Whitaker Peak... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.40
Warm Springs... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 6.15
Acton... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 0.98

.Los Angeles County deserts
Lancaster (kwjf)... ... ... ... ... ... 0.75
Palmdale water dist... ... ... ... ... 0.51
Lancaster... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 0.55

.Ventura County coastal
Oxnard (klox)... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.64
Leo carrillo... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.19
cnty gvt cntr... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.31
El Rio - Riverpark... ... ... ... ... . 2.00
la conchita... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.28
Calleguas ck @ csuci... ... ... ... .. 1.14
Conejo ck abv Hwy 101... ... ... ... . 1.22
silverstrand bch... ... ... ... ... ... 0.87
Las Posas Hills... ... ... ... ... ... . 0.91
south mtn W... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.16
Oxnard civic center... ... ... ... ... 1.36

.Ventura County western valleys
Matilija dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 5.39
Stewart Cyn... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.05
Lake Casitas @ dam... ... ... ... ... . 5.39
Ojai... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4.71
Long Canyon... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.87

.Ventura County eastern valleys
Sespe ck nr Fillmore... ... ... ... .. 3.23
Moorpark College... ... ... ... ... ... 2.01
Temescal (lpf)... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.67
Piru... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.76
Lang ranch... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.69
Sycamore Cyn dam... ... ... ... ... ... 1.42
Rocky Peak... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.14
Santa Felicia dam... ... ... ... ... .. 3.11
Arroyo Simi... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 3.66
Circle x ranch... ... ... ... ... ... .. 4.80
Simi Valley apcd... ... ... ... ... ... 1.70
cheeseboro... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.50

.Ventura County mountains
Apache Canyon... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.47
Lockwood Vly yard... ... ... ... ... .. 1.46
Matilija Cyn upper... ... ... ... ... . 1.97
White Ledge Peak... ... ... ... ... ... 7.99
Nordhoff Ridge... ... ... ... ... ... .. 7.60
sisar peak... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.58
Rose Valley... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 3.90
chuchupate... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.81
Senior/Gridley Cyn... ... ... ... ... . 0.91
Old Man Mountain... ... ... ... ... ... 6.69
Hungry Valley... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.43

.Santa Barbara north coast
Santa Maria (ksmx)... ... ... ... ... . 1.47
Getty Basin... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.26
Sisquoc r @ Garey... ... ... ... ... .. 1.38
twitchell dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.89
Sudden Peak... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.85
Los Alamos... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.13
Buellton maint yard... ... ... ... ... 2.28
Cuyama fs... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 0.67
los prietos... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.83

.Santa Barbara South Coast
Santa Barbara ap (ksba)... ... ... .. 2.16
Maria ygnacio ridge... ... ... ... ... 4.02
Mt. Calvary... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.12
Santa Barbara fc... ... ... ... ... ... 3.62
Carpinteria fs... ... ... ... ... ... .. 2.76
Edison trail... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 6.89
Goleta fs #14... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.60
Montecito... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 7.91

.Santa Barbara mountains and foothills
Bates Ridge... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.34
Figueroa Mtn... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 2.63
Refugio Pass... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 7.09
West Big Pine... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.60
San Marcos Pass... ... ... ... ... ... . 8.98
Gibraltar dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... 6.73
La Cumbre Peak... ... ... ... ... ... .. 5.51

.San Luis Obispo County coast
San Luis Obispo (ksbp)... ... ... ... 2.03
Santa Rosa ck @ cambr... ... ... ... . 2.24
Nipomo... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.49
Morro Bay... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.16
San Luis Harbor... ... ... ... ... ... . 0.56
San Luis Obispo... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.64

.San Luis Obispo County central
Paso Robles (kprb)... ... ... ... ... . 1.63
Rocky Butte... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 6.32
Las Tablas... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5.17
upper Toro ck Rd... ... ... ... ... ... 3.58
Santa Margarita... ... ... ... ... ... . 3.70
Salinas Dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.66
Lopez rec area... ... ... ... ... ... .. 3.01
Bald mtn... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 3.03

.San Luis Obispo County eastern
Atascadero... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.36
Black Mtn... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 1.88
La Panza... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.96
Branch Mtn... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.74
Carrizo Plain... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.49
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188. Feather3
5:03 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
It's the Truckee RIVER and this happened in FERNLEY, which is just EAST of RENO. ..and I have friends there, so thank you for this information!
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187. Feather3
5:02 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Um. . .Truckee's in California, not Nevada :)
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186. aquak9
4:59 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Bad news out of Truckee, NV. Many people trapped in thier homes- or ON their homes?-

Link
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185. Feather3
4:57 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
wonder what our buoy markers are registering at the moment on our surf? The predicted high waves? 30 footers.

Why am I not out there shooting?

Thunderstorms. Lighting, thunder and rain up here on the Mendocino coast. :)

Feather
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184. tmangray
4:48 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Those high seas offshore are now arriving at the California coast.

Buoy 46026 just outside the Golden Gate: 24.3 feet.

Buoy 46013 just northwest of Bodega Bay: 28.21 feet.

Buoy 46042 just northwest of Monterey: 30.21 feet!

The high tide is extra high this AM, so there must be some coastal flooding.
183. aquak9
4:47 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
By far, the handiest resource for earthquake info- a blog right here on WU!

Link
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182. ycd0108
4:19 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
The low passed over us (southern Vancouver Island)
last evening. My old barometer only goes down to 28.3 inches so I'm guessing: 28.25" or 956.5 mb. Phoned a buddy who lives on a boat and he too found the lowest reading he had seen.
This reading is not corrected for about 200' above sea level
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181. lightning10
3:58 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
:( I missed all the heavy rain and fn. I only got 1.59 inches of rain.

.Los Angeles County San Gabriel valley
l.A. City College... ... ... ... ... .. 2.04
Eagle Rock rsrv... ... ... ... ... ... . 2.87
Eaton wash @ loftus... ... ... ... ... 2.91
San Gabriel r @ Vly... ... ... ... ... 2.08
Eaton dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.96
Walnut ck S.B... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.23
Santa Fe dam... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.35
Whittier hills... ... ... ... ... ... .. 1.59
Claremont... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.83
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180. ycd0108
3:41 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Wow! I've lurked (and always been impressed with the current information) on this blog for a year or two.
Checking on the California storm this morning - it's not showing much precipitation just now - I learn that there are numerous good sized earthquakes in my back yard after 1200 UTC.
Most mornings I check current earthquakes on the NEIC website first but you guys scooped that site for me. Keep up the good work!
Thanks to all, especially the founders and maintainers of this site.
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179. Cavin Rawlins
3:31 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Tropical Low Helen (05U) Update 4

Tropical Low Helen along the Capentaria Coast. As of 1500 UTC, the center of the low was accurately positioned along Cape Arnhem at 13.0S-136.1E. QuikSCAT and surface observations indicate the low level center is emerging over the Gulf of Capentaria. Movement continues towards the east. Reported surface winds over land are much lower than reported ocean winds. Since the cyclone is moving back over water, the estimated surface winds will be based on marine observations and now stands at 25 knots. It should be noted that in update 3 the winds were 15 knots. There has not been an increase in the overall winds. Simply, surface friction over land accounted for the reduction in wind speed in the previous update. Estimated surface pressure was 1000 mb. Though the cyclone lost most of its organization over land, it can still be distinguished from the surrounding convection. There is still some cyclonic curvature to this system though the circulation has become ill defined. The current forecast still calls for the low to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria while re-intensifying over 90F waters and ideal vertical wind shear then make a second landfall across the Cape York Peninsula.


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178. Stormchaser2007
3:06 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
That Helen is a tricky one!
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177. Cavin Rawlins
3:02 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
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176. Cavin Rawlins
3:01 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Tropical Low Helen (05U) Revised Update 3

Tropical Low Helen nearing the Capentaria Gulf Coast. The cyclone was located near 13.0S-136.0E around 1200 UTC. Movement towards the east. Position was poorly placed based on infrared imagery then correctly adjusted using 850 mb vorticity and surface convergence at 0600 UTC, and finally Morphed Integrated Microwave Imagery (MIMIC) was used to verify the exact center by locating the vocal point of all curve bands. Estimated surface winds are 15 knots based on QuikSCAT winds over the Gulf of Capentaria. Estimated surface pressure is 1004 mb and that was based on observations all along Northern Australia. Wind shear is 10-25 knots over the disturbance. Though the cyclone lost most of its organization over land, it can still be distinguished from the surrounding convection. There is still some cyclonic curvature to this system though the circulation has become ill defined. The current forecast still calls for the low to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria while re-intensify over 90F waters and ideal vertical wind shear then make a second landfall across the Cape York Peninsula.

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175. sydneyaust1
2:39 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
LOL Orca
174. Stormchaser2007
2:30 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
Orca I went to Cancun In August and it was AMAZING !!! You'll have a excellent time!!
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173. ShenValleyFlyFish
2:26 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
172. Orcasystems 8:29 AM EST on January 05, 2008
Yup, picked the perfect time to go on Vacation, leaving the Island in 4 hours, 30 minutes for Cancun :)


Have a good trip and a great time.
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172. Orcasystems
1:29 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
171. sydneyaust1 1:13 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
...and just in case this storm does not make it exciting enough around Vancouver Island area how about a few earthquakes ....

2008-01-05 11:44:49.4 5.7 51.10 N 130.65 W 17 M Queen Charlotte Islands Region
2008-01-05 11:01:05.7 6.5 51.09 N 130.92 W 10 M Queen Charlotte Islands Region
2008-01-05 10:39:20.2 5.1 51.33 N 130.19 W 10 A Queen Charlotte Islands Region
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Yup, picked the perfect time to go on Vacation, leaving the Island in 4 hours, 30 minutes for Cancun :)
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171. sydneyaust1
1:13 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
...and just in case this storm does not make it exciting enough around Vancouver Island area how about a few earthquakes ....

2008-01-05 11:44:49.4 5.7 51.10 N 130.65 W 17 M Queen Charlotte Islands Region
2008-01-05 11:01:05.7 6.5 51.09 N 130.92 W 10 M Queen Charlotte Islands Region
2008-01-05 10:39:20.2 5.1 51.33 N 130.19 W 10 A Queen Charlotte Islands Region
170. Cavin Rawlins
12:48 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
I correct the previous post from Cyclone to Low as the winds are below 35 knots.
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169. Cavin Rawlins
12:39 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
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168. Cavin Rawlins
12:09 PM GMT on January 05, 2008
The Navy website which is centered in CA was also affected by the storm

NRL Monterey Marine Meteorology Division (Code 7500) Tropical Cyclone Page (Ver.4.24.00)
Development Team
NOTE: this page is short lived (10 m). DO NOT bookmark it or save it to Favorites. Instead, bookmark http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/TC.html
NOTE: Local storm conditions could take web pages offline if power fails [Friday]
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167. Feather3
7:44 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
Here on the Mendocino coast:

The winds clocked at 60-90 MPH here on the coast. We lost power at 5 AM, right after I sent an e mail out and posted to the blogs here. WHOA. I stayed up all day (since 3:30AM initially), tried to sleep at various points tonight but the phone kept ringing. We finally got power back about fifteen minutes or so ago.



I drove in it. Someone called me early this morning saying they were stuck at a local grocery store so I went out to get her. Trees are down everywhere. Rockslides on the highways. ALL major highways IN and OUT were closed for most of the day. Finally Highway 20 opened back up and then the old Branscomb Road. . .but Highway One was closed both north and south and that's our main artery bein' that it's on the coast. . .we cooked soup in chafing dishes using Sterno. . .made salad and gave out bread rolls and cookies for dessert. We even made COFFEE on a Sterno stove I brought with me. . .and served between 20-30 people at our Friday Feast Soup Kitchen. We opened early, served in candlelight and battery powered lantern light. . .used the water from the chafing dishes to wash them with. . .as we had no hot water, either. What a day.



Feather

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166. mendomama
5:32 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
nice now its hailing
165. Brunski
5:30 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
All quiet in Santa Rosa now - we lost a few trees and an antenna on my block, but everything drained okay. My commute along the hills was passable, just power and stoplights out.
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164. anvilhead
5:17 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
haha that sucks
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163. listenerVT
5:15 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
Hey, I just heard that they found the dad and twins (age 15) who were missing for a night and a day, near Oakhurst, CA~! They had called off the search due to weather, but a snowmobiler spotted them. Turns out they were fine (and in their vehicle) and had three others with them (one with an ankle injury)! Nice when things work out quickly and well.
I'll bet they'll never again go off "to play in the snow" without being more specific about where!
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162. mendomama
5:13 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
yeah I like it
161. anvilhead
5:08 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
tight
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160. mendomama
5:04 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
mendocino county
159. anvilhead
5:00 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
what part of CA u at
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158. mendomama
4:58 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
This weather is NASTY. I heard stories of solar panels being ripped off of roofs today.
157. anvilhead
4:58 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
theres more coming L10 the surface cold front isnt even here yet
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156. lightning10
4:54 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
Short end of the stick again for South LA county and points south.

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155. anvilhead
4:50 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
im back, with weapons! lol


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154. SBKaren
4:37 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
Hi Lightning...you've gotten more than us! Look at Anvilhead...nearly 3"!!
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153. lightning10
4:33 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
I am in Whittier,ca and getting the short end of the stick in this storm. Nothing more then a light rain. This area does have foothills and does get lift. However for some reason that isnt helping.

I have only got 0.31 inches and its clearning soon.

Location of Whittier

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152. SBKaren
4:31 AM GMT on January 05, 2008
Wow Inyo - stay safe. You are the folks that people need to worry about. I think we'll be fine down here....some wind, some rain, but overall, OK.
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