Sunday, January 3, 2016

It Is Supposed To Rain All This Week

Source: Weather Underground link
Pretty soggy weather forecast for this week. Or any week for the last few years. Take your pick. Can it be we are looking at the first real inundation from the long awaited El Nino? Did you get your rain barrel yet? Just so you are up to date, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a rigorous weather warning up right now. Here it is:

A series of storms to affect southwestern California much of next week... Time to prepare for potential flooding and debris flows from recent burn areas... A series of storm systems are lining up across the Pacific Ocean and will affect much of the forecast area through next week. Southwestern California can expect between 2 to 3.5 inches of rain across coast and valleys through Friday... and between 3 to 5 inches across the mountains. Locally to 6 inches across favored SW facing coastal slopes including the Santa Ynez and San Gabriel Mountains. 

This much rain in a short period of time could bring flooding and debris flows from recent burn areas. The first storm which arrives Sunday afternoon or evening will bring some periods of heavy rain across Los Angeles and Ventura counties... with less intensity to the north. However... a more significant storm will be right on its heelsTuesday morning. This system will tap into a more subtropical air mass allowing for higher rainfall rates and rainfall totals. Tuesday through Tuesday evening will be the time period where the potential for flash flooding from debris flows will be high. 

There will be a brief lull between storms Tuesday night into Wednesday morning... when another significant storm moves into the region. Once again... expect periods of heavy rain through Wednesday night where additional flooding is possible. Rain will taper off to showers by Thursday... but there will be enough cold air associated with the upper low that some thunderstorms will be possible. 

Pretty impressive. Below is the FEMA flood map for Sierra Madre, with a decoder for whatever is on there just below that.


Time to crack out the umbrella and galoshes.

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23 comments:

  1. From the biggest drought in a millennium to possibly the biggest El Nino in memory. California has radical mood swings.

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  2. Run screaming from the houseJanuary 3, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    It's going to rain!! We all gonna DIE!!

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    1. Calm down. Have a nice peach.

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    2. I recommend warm milk. And maybe some toast with butter.

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    3. Take 2 aspirins, rest in bed, drink lots of fluids.

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    4. 7:18 is melting.

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  3. Fortunately Arcadia will have some extra tax revenue from the McMansions it has allowed. Dominic Lazzeretto can use it for disaster preparedness.

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    1. Lazer Dom lost all that money in a poker game called labor negotiations.

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    2. Can we say insolvent yet?

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  4. Hah! You almost had me!

    El Nino? A "series of storms?""Subtropical air mass?" What malarkey--all fair and balanced thinkers know that the scientific method just does NOT work when applied to weather and climate.

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    1. You know that?

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    2. 11:55: Um, huh?

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    3. Didn't think so.

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    4. Howsaboutacompletequestion? Ya know: auxiliary verb + subject + main verb....

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  5. Once again the CC fails us. They should have foreseen this and acted on it. The city employees will all be on overtime cleaning up this disastrous 2 days of showers. /s

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  6. have the tv stormwatch vans been rolling through town yet? Do we have the color warning flags up yet?

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    1. City Hall is not back from Christmas break yet. They'll get to the flags when they're back.

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  7. Is it raining yet?

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  8. I bet you didn't have to pay $50,000 for this water report.
    I'd say lol but it's sad to know that is how much Dr Bobo was paid for her nothing report.
    Then she had the nerve to want more.

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    1. All we had to do was wait for it to rain.

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    2. Hind sight is always the best sight. Ant it ain't rained yet we are well below average.

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