Storm Watch 2014 -- Finally?

Two storms are coming. The first should be pretty weak, forecasters say. But the second may include small tornadoes and water spouts.

Two rainstorms are expected this week, a weaker one on Wednesday and a major event Friday-ish. Patch file photo.
Two rainstorms are expected this week, a weaker one on Wednesday and a major event Friday-ish. Patch file photo.

Weak tornadoes along the Southern California coastal plains and waterspouts over the ocean could break out, and periods of very heavy rain are likely, as a major winter arrives Friday, the National Weather Service said today.

The big Friday-Saturday storm will be preceded on Wednesday by a much smaller cold front, which will bring heavy rain to the Californa Central Coast but much less rainfall to areas south of the Tehachapis.

 In its preliminary forecast, the NWS forecast office said a convergence of two low pressure systems, plus a strong jet streams aloft, will bring the unusual events and heavy rain here at the end of the week.

Up to six inches of rain will be possible on some south-facing slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and other coastal ranges, as southerly winds will slam rain clouds into the mountain slopes. Most foothill areas will get 2-4 inches of rain, and the basin floor and valleys should get 1-2 inches of rain Friday and Saturday, the NWS said.

Exact timings remain iffy, but forecasters said the first storm should arrive after midday Wednesday and move out Thursday morning. It will sprinkle snow down to the 6,000 foot elevation in local mountains.

“Rain totals will vary from around 1/2 inch in the north to less than 1/4 of an inch in most areas of the south,” the NWS said. “However, there could be locally higher amounts across the San Gabriel Mountains, but nothing to write home about.

“Snow levels will start out around 6,500 feet on Friday morning, then fall down to around 5,000 feet by Saturday,” the NWS said. “Some significant snowfall will be possible in the local mountains.”

--City News Service   

tuck February 24, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Looking forward to the rain finally. Let's hope it happens. On the other side regarding the section eight housing. Irvine has numerous areas with government housing and the crime rate is not too bad?
John Johnstone February 24, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Ms. Fleming, you say you want a government moratorium imposed on building housing, while Southern California is short of housing. A moratorium of that kind is an act of Big Government, whatever it's merits. And I have every right to mention maids, nannies, and gardeners. If you employ them, how close to you do you want them to live? We need strict enforcement of the criminal law, not classifying people as criminals or undesirables based on how much money they make, or don't make. I have always appreciated SJC for its just housing policies.
Stuart Ebert February 24, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Some long range forecasts are indeed predicting a series of "Pineapple Express" storms in March. Whether you believe they are being enhanced or engineered as "drought breakers" by a government operation (as I do) it underscores the efficiency and power of the hydrologic cycle. It is something we need to protect and pass on to future generations in California.
Stuart Ebert February 24, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Advantages of a normal climate/hydrologic cycle include: Incredible power. Capable of delivering thousands or millions of tons of snow to Sierra Nevada in a single storm. And it's all SOLAR POWERED. Hydroelectric power in California from snowmelt trumps all the damn solar panels on every rooftop. And please, UCLA Institute for "Sustainability" please do your homework and crunch some numbers BEFORE making further recommendations about drinking water from my toilet or backyard rainbarrel!
Homer February 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM
@Donna, straying slightly from the topic, the answer to your question is: ownership and money. Privately owned land cannot (will not) be directly taken from a developer. This is bad business for the city. The new trend is for cities to arbitrate an agreement to set aside acreage as green space. With the new developments, the cities gain an increase in the tax basis. Either way, the end result is that both parties profit.


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