California Storm Dents Drought, but Only Slightly

December 11, 2014

I’m heading out there tomorrow, so hopefully the snarl at San Francisco Airport will be untangled by then. Hundreds of flights cancelled as of today.

Weather Channel:

  • Peak wind gusts reported: 147 mph at 9 a.m. PST on Mt. Lincoln near Truckee, California; 139 mph at 11:20 a.m. PST on the summit of White Mountain, California; 117 mph at 4:39 a.m. PST on Squaw Peak, Oregon; 112 mph at 7 a.m. PST on Slide Mountain near Reno, Nevada.
  • Top rainfall report: 9.04 inches at Venado in Sonoma County, California.
  • Seven-foot waves reported on Lake Tahoe.
  • Peak winds in populated areas include 71 mph in Reno, Nevada, and 63 mph in Walla Walla, Washington.
  • More than 150,000 customers without power as of 12:30 p.m. PST.
  • Heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada; chains or snow tires required on Interstate 80 there.
  • Winds gusts up to 95 mph reported in northeast Oregon.


A monster storm is battering California, Oregon and Washington with extremely high winds and flooding rainfall, and it will eventually bring blizzard conditions to the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service in Monterey, California, said earlier this week it’s “expected to be one of the strongest storms in terms of wind and rain intensity” since storms in October 2009 and January 2008. Below are the latest updates on the storm from The Weather Channel, National Weather Service forecast offices and news sources from around the region.

One Response to “California Storm Dents Drought, but Only Slightly”

  1. MorinMoss Says:

    Has the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge dissipated?
    It was gone for a bit back in March but returned sometime during the late spring.


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