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Winter Weather Mission: Ride the Storm Ride - Day 1

By: StormChaseMets , 6:30 AM GMT on December 13, 2011

Day 1. Amazing Rain and a Hint of Snow....

We began our adventure just south of Long Beach, CA at White's Point Beach in San Pedro, CA at 5 a.m. this morning. We set up cars and our weather station and waited for the rain to come in. There were a few light sprinkles at first, but the real rain didn't occur until around 8:00 a.m. By the afternoon rainfall totals for Long Beach Airport reached to 0.62 inches! Heavy rain in the area led to street ponding, areas of flooding, and runoff through the day. Side streets looked like raging torrents threatening to sweep at least one car away. Once the rain came in heavily, we traveled from the beach up into the San Bernardino mountain passes. As we climbed into the higher elevations, we saw snowfall at about 4,200 feet and our cars alerted us to icy roads (kudos to our professional drivers for navigating across these roads). After we passed the mountains, we rode down to Barstow and encounter more areas of moderate rain. This precipitation lightened as we traveled eastward into Arizona.

Today's final rest stop is in Kingman, AZ and the temperature is 32 degrees.

Still tweaking our weather station. We'll provide a link to this data once the station is up and running again-hopefully by tomorrow morning.

Here's a link to the Preliminary Precip Totals For Los Angeles County through 4 p.m.
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.ph p?wfo=lox&pil=RRM&sid=LOX&version=0

Pictures from today's journey will be uploaded soon.

Tomorrow's Outlook...
Head to Flagstaff, AZ and up to the Grand Canyon. Moisture from this system will kick out snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches through Wed. morning at elevations of 5,500 feet. Snow amounts of up to 14 inches will be possible above 7,500 feet. After this we hope to head eastward into the Southern Plains to catch some frontal rain and storms on Wed.

Be sure to keep up with us throughout the day on twitter @WunderJess and @WunderTim!

Until tomorrow,
Jess and Tim

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2:41 PM GMT on December 13, 2011
Good luck on your "Mission Impossible". So far so good.
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