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1st Big Storm

Jan 09, 2018

First big winter storm reaches California.  Here’s what it means for the water year:  “California finally got its first real taste of winter weather Monday as a substantial rainstorm swept through the state, causing numerous traffic accidents and bringing warnings of flooding and mudslides in areas burned by wildfires.  The National Weather Service said much of the Sacramento Valley could receive up to 2 inches of rain by the time the storm winds down late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Although the storm started out fairly warm, bringing mostly rain, parts of the Sierra Nevada could expect as much as 30 inches of snow. … ” Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  First big winter storm reaches California.  Here’s what it means for the water year

California storm sets rainfall records, triggers trouble in fire zones:  “After a bone dry December, the stubborn atmospheric ridge of the Pacific Coast has broken down, the storm door has opened up, and on Monday, Californians from Redding to San Diego welcomed something we haven’t seen all winter: the Golden State’s first significant storm of the season.  San Francisco racked up its most rainfall in a calendar day — more than 3.15 inches — since 2014. Southern Big Sur got pounded by more than nearly 4.5 inches. Residents in fire-damaged regions in both the north and south faced flash flood watches and warnings, prompting evacuations in Southern California where the Thomas fire burned until nearly Christmas.  What a difference a month makes. … ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here:  California storm sets rainfall records, triggers trouble in fire zones

Rains finally arrive, bringing new danger to California’s vast fire zones:  “In the mountains above coastal Santa Barbara County, the vegetation is typically so deep and lush that it can soak up a half-inch of rainwater before it flows downhill.  But that was before the Thomas fire swept through in December, burning those trees and brush to the ground. Now, the rain has no buffer, and that is cause for alarm. “It hits the dirt directly and it is instant runoff and carries that sediment,” Thomas D. Fayram, the deputy public works director for the county, told concerned residents at a community meeting several weeks ago. ... ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Rains finally arrive, bringing new danger to California’s vast fire zones

Storm to continue into Tuesday evening; heightening flooding, mudslide risk in fire-scarred Southern California:A powerful storm will plow into California with heavy rain, mountain snow, gusty winds and a significant mudslide threat into Tuesday night.  “This storm will be significant for Southern California due to the dry start to the rainy season,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.  The risk of fast-moving mudslides and debris flows will be high given the amount and intensity of rainfall expected over recent burn-scar locations. ... ”  Read more from AccuWeather here:  Storm to continue into Tuesday evening; heighten flooding, mudslide risk in fire-scarred Southern California

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