Major storm hits northern California

rainfall northern california

The map above shows some very impressive precipitation amounts in northern California through noon today, December 11. Upwards of eight inches have fallen in some areas, including near the Shasta and Russian Rivers.

The weather system is bringing localized flooding and power outages in some areas. PG&E reported approximately 80,000 customers without power in San Francisco at mid-morning Thursday, with about 90 percent of those customers expected to have their power restored by noon. The weather service also said heavy rain and an unusually high tide would mean flooding along the San Francisco Bay coast, including the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

An excerpt from an article in the LA Times:

…The storm, billed as the one of the most powerful to hit the state in years, was living up to the hype Thursday, with powerful winds uprooting trees and rain pouring over the northern half of the state. Forecasters said a wind gust at Mount Lincoln, northwest of Lake Tahoe, was clocked at 107 mph.

The storm is working its way into the southern part of the state.

storm radar californiaOn Wednesday the day before the storm hit, crews on the Sequoia National Forest were able to prescribed burn 300 acres in the area around White River near California Hot Springs.

sequoia national forest prescribed fire.
Prescribed fire on the Sequoia National Forest, Wednesday December 10, 2014. USFS photo.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.