Winter Weather in the U.S.

December 22nd, 2010
in News, Background

Raleigh (NC) News & Observer:  Winter arrived in a big way in the western U.S. with snow in the mountains and flooding rains in California.

Snow Crested Butte

Photo shows snow in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Follow up:

From the streets of Crested Butte:

Snow Downtown Crested Butte


Below flooding in California (San Bernadino county) is seen.

Flood San Bernadino

See the entire photo gallery at the News & Observer.

From The New York Times:  The east coast also has some severe weather.  Syracuse, NY has had 71.9 inches of snow so far this month.  See Photo below.

Snow SyracuseSnow Syracuse

See the photo gallery at The New York Times.....

And there is still more to come.  From The Daily Beast:  California is bracing for what’s expected to be the worst of several storms that have hit the state in the last week. Forecasters are saying the collision of cold air from the Gulf of Alaska with subtropical moisture from the western Pacific Ocean could result in lightning, waterspouts, small tornadoes, torrential rains, and high winds.  Read more......

Business Insider:  The great rainstorm of 2010 in California has been impressive, with 15 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevadas, inches of rain on the coast, and so on. But it pales against the "Super Ark" storm of 1861-62, a 45-day beast that made unusable something like one-third of California's taxable land, and created massive lakes in the Central Valley.

Beginning on Christmas Eve, 1861, and continuing into early 1862, an extreme series of storms lasting 45 days struck California. The storms caused severe flooding, turning the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea, forcing the State Capital to be moved from Sacramento to San Francisco for a time, and requiring Governor Leland Stanford to take a rowboat to his inauguration. William Brewer, author of “Up and down California,” wrote on January 19, 1862, “The great central valley of the state is under water—the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys—a region 250 to 300 miles long and an average of at least twenty miles wide, or probably three to three and a half millions of acres!” In southern California lakes were formed in the Mojave Desert and the Los Angeles Basin.  Read more......

The above was attributed to Paul Kedrosky, also the source of this weather map image of the next incoming storm wave, "shaped like a squirrel":

California Weather Mao "Squirrel"

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