Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:45 pm Post subject: Major Pacific Storms hit California
Dramatic satellite image shows huge storms heading toward Los Angeles, to batter California on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday Dec. 21-23
Major Pacific Storm Ivan aims for Southern California
The Southern California Weather Authority has issued a Flood Warning for many areas of Southern California as a major storm system prepares to move into the region.
The storm system, according to the SCWXA, has been given the name 'Ivan' and is a category four system at the current time.
"The first impulse of Major Pacific Storm Ivan will arrive Friday morning, bringing light to moderate precipitation", SCWXA Meteorologist Kevin Martin said. "The tropical part, the heaviest rainfall, will arrive over the weekend. Flooding is expected and driving will be hazardous".
Martin also says that thunderstorm chances are being looked into should further products need to be issued.
Major Pacific Storm Ivan reaches Category Five strength
The Southern California Weather Authority has just released a statement to all media personnel that 'Ivan' has reached the SCWXA storm scale level of Category Five and will do so through Wednesday.
"We will have embedded thunderstorms with the system just about anywhere the band of rain and mountain snow is over", said Southern California Weather Authority Meteorologist Kevin Martin. "On Wednesday the cold core will be directly overhead and this is when our chances for severe thunderstorms hit, marking the Category Five criteria official".
The SCWXA has issued two snow product for the forecast area that have gone into effect this afternoon.
The Winter Storm Warning product is for the Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Mountains, mainly above 6,000 feet. Copious amounts of snow will be likely, the lowest snow levels on Wednesday with the cold core.
The lesser, but still worthy Blowing Snow Advisory has been issued for the Kern County Mountains above 5,500 feet where several inches of snow is possible then.
It has come to the attention of many that Lunar Eclipse events can cause earthquakes, but that study has not been verified by the USGS.
A lunar eclipse is happening at the same time of record rainfall across the California area. There are few people that believe weather or space can cause quakes.
Jim Berkland uses the moon and tides to predict quake windows, and Meteorologist Kevin Martin uses weather.
Both agree that the quake window is opening.
"I don't want to scare anyone and won't, but you should always have your earthquake kits ready", said Martin. "Quakes hit without warning and I've noticed at times they have hit during certain weather conditions across the area, this is one of them".
While Martin nor Berkland can accurately predict where one will strike, they give windows of when to be the most prepared if you are not.
Martin states that after the storm passes a window for a California quake will happen, on the order of over a 5.0 magnitude.
THEN the still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11-12
"11So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong WIND was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an EARTHQUAKE, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake a FIRE, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing."
The latest in a series of powerful storm systems is bearing down on California, pelting mountain areas with heavy rain, snow and high winds, prompting evacuations and leaving thousands without power.
Virtually the entire state has been affected by the storms that began Friday, dumping moisture from far Northern California south to San Diego. More than 12 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the Santa Monica Mountains in the south and 13 feet of snow has accumulated at Mammoth Mountain ski resort.
Downtown Los Angeles had received 5 1/4 inches of rain since Friday morning, more than a third of the average annual precipitation.
In the Wrightwood area, about 15 people were evacuated Monday night after the Sheep Creek Wash overflowed and threatened homes, the San Bernardino County Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times. At least three homes sustained water damage.
Also in San Bernardino County, a woman was rescued from her pickup truck Monday night after being swept away in rain-swollen Lytle Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The woman called for help on her cellphone as water rose inside her cab up to the dashboard, San Bernardino County fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez told the Los Angeles Times.
After a four-hour ordeal, Martinez said the woman was pulled to safety and taken to a hospital in good condition.
Flooding also was reported in Trabuco Canyon in Orange County.
Nearly 21,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power late Monday due to the storm, said Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady. The hardest-hit area was the city of Torrance, south of Los Angeles, with more than 4,600 outages. She said crews would be working throughout the night to restore service.
Unaccustomed to driving and dressing for so much rain, Southern California residents tried to go about their business — creeping on the freeways, dodging puddles downtown and doing last minute holiday shopping.
At a grocery store in La Canada Flintridge, Justin Buck trotted back and forth across the parking lot, collecting shopping carts in a clear plastic rain slicker.
"I dreaded coming to work today," the 31-year-old said. "This coat isn't keeping me dry either. The water runs off my back, down onto my legs and drips into my boots. It's not that cold actually. You just get tired of being wet all the time."
While adults grumbled, children didn't seem to mind the rain. Grade-schoolers in rubber boots splashed in the downspouts and pre-teens pretended to be too cool for rain gear.
"I love the rain because we get to stay in during gym class and watch movies. And at lunchtime, the kids run outside and come back all soaked and try to hug you," said 12-year-old Amy Becerra said as she bounced up and down and giggled.
Her mother, Nancy, who was struggling with an umbrella, disagreed. She complained that the constant rain was "depressing," kept her inside all weekend and made driving scary.
About 40 residents of the San Joaquin Valley farming community of McFarland were briefly evacuated Monday morning.
Gary Farrell, general manager of the McFarland Parks and Recreation District, said Santa Fe Railroad crews kept Poso Creek free of debris so it wouldn't overflow.
Resident Cristian Abundis, who lives on a street where water ran a foot deep, returned from an evacuation center and quickly started filling sand bags.
"We just want to be prepared," he said, dropping the bags around his doors and driveway.
Elsewhere, a small twin-engine airplane was reported missing on a 65-mile flight from Palm Springs to Chino. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says a wreckage was found near Lake Perris but investigators won't be certain that it's the missing plane until they can get to the scene on Tuesday, if weather permits.
Residents of La Canada Flintridge were among those keeping a wary eye on the rain after a 250-square-mile wildfire last year denuded a large swath of the San Gabriel Mountains. More than 40 homes in the foothils just north of Los Angeles were damaged or destroyed by a mudslide in February.
The town Rockville was told to evacuate Tuesday afternoon because of fears the Trees Ranch Dam could fail, sending a deluge downstream toward it.
"The imminent failure of the Trees Ranch Dam on the East fork of the Virgin River in Washington County was reported by Washington County Sheriff’s Department," the weather service said.
Heavy rains and melting runoff are causing serious flooding in southern Utah, threatening to overflow dams and wash away roads.
As a result, mayors in southern Utah have declared states of emergency, and cities are being evacuated. All across the southern part of the state the flooding has consumed roads and bridges.
The National Weather Service has warned of dam breaches of Trees Ranch Dam, and nearby Rockville "is at risk from this imminent dam failure," according to the service.
Officials at the St. George Office of Public Safety fear the situation is similar to the Quail Creek Dam collapse in 1988 and 1989 and are warning residents in the Virgin River area to prepare for the worst.
States of emergency declared
The mayors of St. George and Rockville, near Zion National Park, have declared their cities to be under states of emergency Tuesday morning. [CLICK HERE to view flooding footage taken by Rockville mayor Allen Brown.]
A flood warning remains in effect for southern Utah as heavy rain continues to pound the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Dunn in Salt Lake City says rivers are expected to crest Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
A flood warning has also been issued for Kane and Washington counties through Thursday.
Homes, Zion National Park evacuated
A number of streets and bridges are closed, as well as Zion National Park. Rockville city, near the park, is being evacuated because of the potential for the Trees Ranch Reservoir Dam failure. The Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground in Zion Canyon were also evacuated Tuesday morning.
The St. George police department reported homes were being evacuated on the south side of SR-9 in Rockville. Residents are asked to go to the Hurricane City Community Center at 50 South 100 West. Officials are sending notification through reverse 911 calls.
There are also reports that the town of Beaver Dam, north of Mesquite, has been evacuated due to the flooding.
Flooding wiped out one of two bridges to the southern Utah town of Gunlock and officials say the Santa Clara and Virgin rivers are flooding other populated areas in southern Utah.
Iron County dispatch has confirmed at least one bridge has been breached near Enterprise and others have water near the road level.
Sandbags have been dispersed to all areas and are available from the Hurricane Police Department and are available at Hurricane Fire Station 1 at 202 E. State St.
Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
Job 36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
Job 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
Job 36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
Job 36:31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
Not saying this passage applies to anything in this thread, but when I read the 2nd and 3rd verses of this, combined with the last one...just made me a bit interested...
Meteorologist forecasts event that may spawn tornadoes for Southern California
Southern California Weather Authority Meteorologist Kevin Martin has been on top of the thunderstorm forecast for this Wednesday since last Friday, in a video forecast found on his free private weather service Web site. Martin has a grip on Southern California topography, therefore uses it for his weather forecast knowledge.
It was nearly a year ago when Martin forecasted a severe thunderstorm outbreak for Southern California in January of 2010 and a series of tornadoes hit, the most notable being Orange County. Now he is saying the event will strike again.
"Shear, instability, and upper air dynamics warrant a severe thunderstorm outbreak in Southern California starting tonight and lasting into Wednesday", he said. "These thunderstorms will be potent and the dynamics warrant a tornado watch needed for the area. Thunderstorms will not only be tornadic along the coastal zones, but inland as well".
The Southern California Weather Authority issued a Special Weather Statement yesterday, Examiner picking up on it here.
This has now been upgraded to a Severe Weather Statement.
The statement reads that severe storms will even form over the high and low desert areas, pushing through the Colorado River Valley on their way to Phoenix, Arizona. Las Vegas is also in the wording so if you are traveling there on Wednesday take extra precautions.
Marine warnings are out as well for thunderstorms, waterspouts, and the whole big buck.
SCWXA will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and provide further updates.
For the official forecast site, visit the SCWXA at
Last night the Weather channel was talking about waterspouts (tornadoes) in Californina.
All earth is shaking. Many aftershocks from Japan quake Dec. 21
Other areas of Pacific shaking, Atlantic shaking.
Full moon affects weather, quakes, tides
California December 22, 2010
Heavy rainfall slammed into much of California early Wednesday, from the Oregon border to San Diego, the National Weather Service said. The above image, a constantly updated satellite image , showed massive amounts of moisture pummeling the state about 1 a.m.
After a respite late Tuesday, heavy rain returned to Los Angeles County after 11 p.m., producing heavy rain in the foothills, including in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta, according to the weather service and Times reporters. Follow Times' reporters tweets here.
Already, rainfall rates of 0.25 and 0.5 inches an hour have been observed, and "the heaviest rainfall is occurring across south and southwest facing slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and adjacent foothills, including the Station burn area, where rates as high as 0.70 inches per hour have been observed," the weather service said shortly before 1 a.m.
Heavy rain was also falling in Orange and San Diego counties and the Inland Empire.
Much of Southern California is under a flood watch. Small mudslides and road flooding are widespread, the weather service said.
The thunderstorms coming south, however, have not yet arrived in the heart of L.A. County. A strong line of thunderstorms was expected to hit land near Point Estero about 1 a.m. in San Luis Obispo County, about 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Warnings issued in Las Vegas; Utah dam declared safe, evacuation lifted
Flood waters on Tuesday ripped through a retirement community in northwestern Arizona, washing away four unoccupied homes and threatening to destroy others.
Meanwhile, evacuation orders were lifted in a small Utah town about 60 miles away after a dam feared close to breaking was declared safe.
But flood warnings and emergency declarations remained in place in some Utah, Nevada and Arizona counties, and more rain was expected overnight.
In Arizona, flood waters cut through a group of houses in the rural communities of Beaver Dam and Littlefield, sweeping away four homes after saturating the soil beneath them and causing them to collapse.
None of the wood-framed houses was inhabited, although a man was getting ready to move into one of them, said Jeff Hunt, Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District chief. The man and workers were putting finishing touches on the home but were able to gather their belongings before flood waters carried it away, Hunt said.
L.A.-area storm cuts off roads, eats away at beach
Dozens of people fled their homes, dozens more were cut off by floodwaters and mudslides, and an entire beach was washed away on Wednesday as Southern California faced the fiercest round yet of relentless winter storms.
Up to 45 people were trapped at a homeless shelter in Laguna Beach, Calif., because of flooding, although police said they were not believed to be in danger
The entire downtown area of the city was under 3 to 4 feet of water, police Lt. Jason Kravetz told NBC News, and about 10 mudslides had been reported. At least one home sustained damage.
A swift water rescue team saved some 20 to 25 people from their homes in the Laguna Canyon area, Kravetz added.
A mudslide in Silverado Canyon, Orange County, also led to local residents being evacuated, Capt. Greg McKeown, of Orange County Fire Authority, told NBC News.
Evacuees were being told to go to a Red Cross station at the nearby Calvary Chapel.
In addition, a rain-soaked hillside collapsed on part of a busy Interstate 10 transition road in the Pomona area as overwhelmed drains left hubcap-deep pools of water on roadways littered with fender-bender crashes.
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