Posted by: coastcontact | February 18, 2017

More Rain than We can Handle

Southern Californians are unaccustomed to rainy days.  It rained yesterday from about 7 a.m. to about 7 a.m. today. I have a rain gauge in the backyard.  4.2 inches of rain was not a record but was one of the rainiest days we have had since 1997 when I started collecting data.

The Mojave Desert and adjoining mountain areas are more susceptible to significant rainfall.  A local television station was on Highway 138 just a few miles west of Interstate 15 reporting on the blocked two lane roadway.  As the reporter is giving an update from inside the vehicle a wave of water rolled across the desert surface that looked like a wave at the beach.

Nearby a few hours later, on Interstate 15 in El Cajon pass a fire truck was helping people evacuate from their cars, when the freeway itself collapsed sending the truck into a ditch.  That same local television station was there when that happened and you actually saw the truck quickly fall.  No one was injured as the crew was helping motorists.

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With more than 22.5 inches of rain to date this season is one of the rainiest I have recorded.  The rainiest I have recorded was 48.3 inches in the 1997-98 El Nino year.  Long range forecasters had predicted this season would be a La Nina dry year.  So much for long range forecasting.

The following photo taken by a Daily News reporter in Studio City, that is near Universal Studios. That area is in the city of Los Angeles.

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Two vehicles fell into the 20-foot sinkhole in Studio City Friday and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her car. (Photo by Rick McClure for SCNG)

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