Skip to comments.Storm moves ashore as (So. Calif) officials brace for mudslides, coastal flooding
Posted on 01/20/2010 1:26:50 PM PST by Beaten Valve
A powerful new storm was pushing ashore this morning as officials prepared for more mudslides and coastal flooding.
According to the National Weather Service, today's storm -- the third in as many days -- is expected to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain in the L.A. basin and valley areas and 3 to 4 inches in foothill and mountain areas.
The brunt of the storm is supposed to hit around noon.
Officials issued a flash flood watch and thunderstorm warning for the region, forecasting sustained rainfall and fierce winds. Forecasters say the strongest drenching could occur Thursday, with up to 3 inches of rain and the possible return of tornado-like conditions.
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Bush and his weather machine are at it again.
Where the heck is Algore when you need him?
Rain coming down steady in West L.A. but not hard, like it did yesterday.
More on the way!!!!
Stronger Storms Bear Down on California, Southwest
1/20/2010 12:42 PM
As the magnitude of storms increases from the Pacific Ocean, the risk to lives and property will escalate into Friday over California and neighboring states.
Not counting the latest storm bashing the Southwest Wednesday, one to two additional storms will slam ashore through Friday evening...
FOX Ch. 11 Live Feed:
“...but when it pours...man it pours.”
From KFI 640:
Because of snow, the Grapevine has been closed in the northern Los Angeles County area, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Global warming. Call Al Gore.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
1222 PM PST WED JAN 20 2010
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR COAST...VALLEY...AND MOUNTAIN AREAS
BELOW 6500 FEET THROUGH THIS EVENING...
.THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF PACIFIC STORMS WILL BRING MORE HEAVY
RAINFALL THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL IS
EXPECTED THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY AS THE LAST IN THIS SERIES OF
STORMS MOVES THROUGH SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA.
No offense to anyone here, but for those of us who have actually lived in the Los Angeles area for decades (’53 was my first year) — yes, this is a lot of rain in a short period of time but it is, in fact, pretty typical of our ‘winters.’ Every few years we get torrential rains lasting days or weeks, off and on for several months. It’s cyclical and always has been.
I’ve witnessed far worse than this over the decades — including back when half the L.A. City Schools closed because streets were so flooded no one could drive them. That was before the big storm drains were installed under many streets.
Massive storms of the late sixties were common, and I certainly remember massive rain and flooding of the early eighties. Hail? Yes, on occasion hail can fall just about anywhere here.
The media sensationalizes everything — “Storm Watch!!” flashes on the TV. I often think these newscasters are very young and/or new to the area or they would not get so excited.
Tornadoes? Yes, they have occasionally occurred in flat areas such as the South Bay and Orange County. Uncommon but not unheard of. Flooding and mudslides? Of course — burned out areas suffer every year and the ever-present threat to beach areas like Malibu is an annual event.
I won’t post about this again, but trust me, these storms are not unusual, just not every-year occurrences.
I agree with you.
But, is this the end of an El Nino pattern or some other weather pattern switch?
We are in the middle of a weak to moderate El Nino.
BK said (on another thread)
I heard a broadcast go out on LA County Fire saying the same thing...strong band of showers at 230pm in Station Fire burn area...now they cancelled 230pm and issued 500pm....they are looking at some type of weather box.....so....they are guessing..
KFI has Eric Leonard on right now. He says there is an urgency in FF voices that he hasn't heard in a long time. Most people are affected with mandatory evac orders are complying. In the Tujunga area, fire engines were getting stuck on Monday -- two storms ago. They're afraid of the mountain of mud, not just the typical mud coming down in culverts off the hillsides and clogging streets & storm drains. Glendale to Sunland is expected to bear the brunt.
The 4th storm is expected tomorrow, and will be the wildest weather of the week.
KTTV meteorologist Mark Thompson to be interviewed after this break.
Looks to be what we’d expect on a good El Nino year....I’m quite thankful we moved to the desert and I don’t have to commute from Brentwood to Newhall anymore.
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