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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   

Donna Fleming February 23, 2014 at 02:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxJFJg5G-qc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sb-7RJ3658 Starbuck brings rain to California.
George Vreeland Hill February 23, 2014 at 04:15 PM
We have had a pretty good winter, and we are getting rain at a critical time. No complaints here.
bbq February 23, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Thanks, HAARP!
Yeparoo February 23, 2014 at 04:48 PM
What's a "storm?"
Stuart Ebert February 23, 2014 at 07:36 PM
You might be right bbq. Maybe someone figured out that "He who controls the Jetstream controls the world."
CLaude Todoroff February 24, 2014 at 07:03 AM
It should help a little bit but we are still looking at water rationing this year? I wonder how much of the drought the past 3 or 4 years is due to the giant 3 gorges dam in China. That huge man made lake has to affect weather patterns over the Pacific.
Homer February 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM
The reality is that CA will no longer have enough water for the current and future population. It has not been possible to keep up with the demands of urbanization, despite efforts to buy out water rights from farmers and renegotiate water allocations from the north and the Colorado River. Recycled and desalinized water projects are too far behind to catch up.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM
So Homer, Why do you think our city government continues to encourage and support new development of high density housing in San Juan Capistrano when we cannot meet the demands of the existing residents?
Jonathan Volzke February 24, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Donna, where has the SJC City Council encouraged "high-density" housing?
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 02:12 PM
JV, you do not consider sec 8 high density? Across from the high school. Condos are high density.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 02:15 PM
JV....point of information. Who are you lobbying for? The city council of SJC or a developer? Please raise you flag. You cannot speak as a resident if you are accepting a salary to speak for the city council or developers? That is a like being a puppet.
John Johnstone February 24, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Ms Fleming, if the government limits "high density" then housing becomes very expensive and few can afford to live there. As far as I know the city is not forcing anyone to build subsidized housing. "Fewer people" in a desirable area, especially imposed by the government, is inescapably "richer people." I hope you don't employ yard workers, maids, or nannies. I hope you don't prate about your belief in "small government" or "limited government," for you clearly do not believe in small government or limited government.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 03:58 PM
JJohnstone... The following is a Gov. requirement for low cost housing in SJC. Too much government. We need a moratorium on building. The San Juan Basin needs time to restore. {Government Code Sections 65580 to 65589.8 provides specific guidelines to fulfill the California Law. Local government's Housing Elements are prepared to display compliance with this state legislation. The Housing Elements are reviewed regularly by state officials to ensure local government compliance. Several state and federal funding opportunities are linked to Housing Element compliance and can be reviewed on the State's publication "Incentives for Housing Element Compliance.} JJ...not sure what you mean by your remark maids, gardeners, etc. People across the US employ gardeners, not just California. They even employ gardeners in France. I clearly DO believe in less government. And, if you JJ, had ever lived in, or near sec 8 housing you would not want your kids to grow up there. Break-ins, drugs, chaos. No, you would not like it.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 04:03 PM
California state law requires cities to offer zoning in certain areas that would accommodate high densities for affordable housing. The cities must make that option available, or they risk losing state grant money.
shelly February 24, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Donna, There are break ins and drugs in wealthy neighborhoods also. Just because people are low income does not make them drug dealers or criminals.
Donna Fleming February 24, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Shelly....you know this from personal experience? Have you lived it? No.... didn't think so.
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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