Big storm bearing down on Northern California


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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
they are predicting the truckee to flood at Vista and up in Truckee CA-- sun and mon. Snow level sat night going up to 10,000 feet...

Social climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:39pm PT

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
Nice day in the Gorge clipping bolts, started to sprinkle on the way out

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
Just under 4.5" of rain in Verdi since Wednesday so far.. this is the most I have seen here since I moved to Verdi in 2007 I think.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:30pm PT

Mountain climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
There's a very interesting story I found from socialclimber's link upthread, about "atmospheric rivers" and the 43 day deluge that flooded N Cal back in 1861. There's evidence this happens about every 200 years:

The intense rainstorms sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean began to pound central California on Christmas Eve in 1861 and continued virtually unabated for 43 days. The deluges quickly transformed rivers running down from the Sierra Nevada mountains along the state’s eastern border into raging torrents that swept away entire communities and mining settlements. The rivers and rains poured into the state’s vast Central Valley, turning it into an inland sea 300 miles long and 20 miles wide. Thousands of people died, and one quarter of the state’s estimated 800,000 cattle drowned. Downtown Sacramento was submerged under 10 feet of brown water filled with debris from countless mudslides on the region’s steep slopes. California’s legislature, unable to function, moved to San Francisco until Sacramento dried out—six months later.

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
its good to be right your still lucky bastards

Mountain climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Good article about the Christmas flood of 1955.

Lets hope the results are not as bad this time.
Things are sounding a bit grim downstream of the Truckee R. in Reno/Sparks.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
I heard they are diverting the truckee towards Mound House , Nevada..I hope Honey Boo Boo has waterproofed his stuffed animals and crack supply....?
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:23pm PT
kunlun_shan, There is a description of the 1861 flood event in "Up and Down California" by William Brewer which is basically a diary of his years on the Whitney survey party from 1861 to 1864, most excellent read. Drop me a PM about skiing, likely heading out tomorrow for high ground.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
Kirkwood forecast for tonight is snow.....then mixed snow/rain tomorrow through Sunday. Snow level 8000 feet
RAIN again starting Tuesday. At 8000 feet.
So much for skiing.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:31pm PT
Call that a storm?

Meh? I knew everyone was selling it...

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:32am PT

Story of my life, these days!

Gym climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:45am PT
A gust of wind hit the house night before last that was an easy 80 mph plus I thought it tore the roof off.

Floods are good the best fishing I ever had was after the 97 flood. Created a ton of new habitat and cleaned the river pretty well except for all the products that floated into the river after the wharehouses flooded in sparks.

Anyway we need it and we need it big. Flood away mother nature bring it on.


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:14am PT
Hard to say how bad it will be. Hopefully not to many properties involved. But historically we get floods at least once every decade so most residents here are pretty aware if it is a problem for their home or business.

Where to get sandbags for Reno/Sparks Washoe County NV

Trad climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:22am PT
shasta news

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:27am PT
And that previous world record, according to Weather Underground, was 189 inches. But that took place in a six-day period. Not surprisingly, it happened at Mount Shasta Ski bowl (now Mount Shasta Ski Park) in February 1959, which was the first year that the ski resort opened.

From the newsfeed quoted, above. . .

WELL. . . just to set the record straight. . . The old Mt Shasta Ski Bowl (destroyed by avalanches in the 70s) and today's Mt Shasta Ski Park are two completely different things. . . in two completely different places on the mountain.

That alone, might render the above report a little shaky, not to mention the title of the article being:

record snowball in Mount Shasta


Social climber
So Cal
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:57am PT
This system has been a lightweight for S Calif, only about a 1/2" storm total here.

It does look like a pineapple express flow is setting up pulling water up from over the SE Asia and off the Tibetan Plateau, then north of Hawaii. that's when it seems to hit us. Maybe we'll get a real storm in a week or so.

If the flow is up from the equator and south of Hawaii, like this system started out, it seems to hit north of Pt. Conception and we don't get much.

Here's the best piece I've seen on 1861.

No comparison at all to this. It destroyed 1/3 of the tax base in the state and drowned 1/4 of the cattle.

The flood ended the California cattle ranch industry and destroyed the ranchero social order.

For a week the tides at the Golden Gate did not flood, rather there was continuous and forceful ebb of brown fresh water 18-20 feet deep pouring out above the salt water. A sea captain reported that his heavily laden ship foundered in the Gulf of the Farallons off of San Francisco, due to the layer of fresh water. Fresh-water fish were caught in San Francisco Bay for several months after the peaks of the flood. These events have not happened since. (Ellis 1936)

Kennewick wa
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
bigs storms usually do mean great fishing in the bay. It's kind of like flushing the toilet. Out with the old and in with the new

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:30pm PT
Call that a storm?

Bluey.....nah....not the BIGGEST storm I've ever seen up here on Castle Rock Ridge. There was that one in......
but I digress
6" rain since Thursday. And still raining. 1" overnight and it didn't feel like it was raining at all by comparison to Thurs night.

c'mon up to Castle Rock for some slick rock bouldering.....bring your Wellies! your snorkel too and we'll do the falls routes.

For a week the tides at the Golden Gate did not flood, rather there was continuous and forceful ebb of brown fresh water 18-20 feet deep pouring out above the salt water
And now we have a dozen or so big dams on the Sacramento/San Joaquin so that's not likely to happen again.
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