Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tornadoes In California

An active jet stream has been sending a series of storms into the western US.  One of these storms pounded California today with up to 1.5" inches of rain, along with snow in the mountains.  Thunderstorms produced 60+ mph wind gusts.  Tornado warnings were issued near Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where funnels were spotted. (Click here for a list of storm reports.)

Additional rain will continue out west, which will create mudslides.  Various wildfires in the past few years have left a lot of land void of ground cover.  Heavy rainfall will cause soils to wash down hills very easily.

The energy from this storm, in a greatly diminished form, will affect our area Sunday.  With temperatures in the 40s, we will see occasional showers Sunday afternoon and evening.