Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stormy Weather Brings Record Low Pressure, Tornadoes, Flooding Rain

I am sure it has happened before, but I honestly don't ever recall seeing a tornado watch for the deserts of Calirfornia and Arizona, including the greater Phoenix area!

There was one tornado reported today near Blythe, along I-10 in extreme southeast California, near the Arizona state line. It blew some semi trailers over.

Outside of the tornado watch area, two weak tornadoes were reported along the coast, northwest of Los Angeles - one in Santa Barbara and one in Ventura.

Strong winds have downed some trees in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, and flooding has been reported along the Salt River in Maricopa County.

The area of low pressure causing the stormy weather has brought a record low barometric pressure reading to several places in northern California and surrounding locations, including Reno.

The pressure fell to 28.94 inches of mercury - breaking the old record of 29.00 inches set on Jan. 27, 1916.

Pressure records were also recorded in Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Fresno  - I am sure there are many more.

The snow has been measured in feet across most mountain locations if California, northern Arizona and southwest Colorado.

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