Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 'atmospheric river' storms that were: a recap

The National Weather Service has issued a recap of the storms that have drenched Northern California since the weekend. They write:
Quick recap of the storm with attached graphics. A few showers will linger through Thursday but brunt of the storm has passed. Dry weather for Friday - weekend. Take advantage of this period. Early heads up that we're looking at the possibility of another wet storm by next Wednesday the 18th. We'll have more details on this in the upcoming days.

48 Hour Totals - Detailed list; see graphic
7 Day Totals - See graphic

48 Hour Totals - See graphic
7 Day Totals - See graphic
I-80 closed around 11pm 1/9/17. Caltrans must clear 150 lane miles of snow. One lane open each direction as of 1pm 1/11/17.
Highway 50 had numerous closures through the storm for avalanche control

24 Hour Peak Gusts - Detailed list
Trees down and power outages throughout the area
I-80EB closed near Colfax due to downed power lines evening of 1/8/17. Reopened morning of 1/9/17.

Numerous reports of urban, small streams, and creek flooding
Several state highways reported rock/mud slides and closures
I-80WB closed near Donner Lake due to major mudslide evening of 1/8/17. Reopened morning of 1/9/17.
Brunt of flooding issues have passed
Mainstem rivers are receding but standing water will be slow to recede
Once water recedes, counties are encouraged to take advantage of dry weather Friday - Tuesday to inspect levees

Graphic: SouthNatomasTornado.png
EF0 tornado touched down along Rio Tierra Ave in South Natomas area of Sacramento.
Path length: 3/8 of a mile
This occurred a few minutes after midnight, 1/11/17.
• Several trees and fences down, 2 metal awnings twisted and torn down, and numerous trees stripped of limbs and deposited in roads.
Here is my story on the storms' impacts on agriculture. For updates on future storms and their impacts, keep checking here and at

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