Storm 20 Hits SoCal, Deserts

Storm 20 precipitation distribution

1:00 am
Here comes Storm 20, which appears as the weird blob at the core of a fiercely rotating low pressure system covering the entire West Coast. Every cloud in this picture is caught in a clockwise motion around the center, located near the blob, storm 20, which is today’s storm, the fourth daily storm of this January 2010 winter storm series.

And today we get in on the statement, advisory, watch and warning action for the first time with a flood advisory all across the valley today (earlier today it was a watch). That means… careful to look into low spots where you’re driving. I once almost ditched my car into a flooded stretch of Maroa Avenue between the railroad tracks and Shields. As I went over the tracks, which are on an elevated birm, I didn’t see in the dark the whole area was flooded. At the last second, I saw a glint of light off the water’s surface as came down the other side and nearly drowned my car into very deep water, at least as deep as my car’s hood.
The Weather Service’s Flood Advisory for the valley, including the City of Fresno has this caution:
MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE…TURN AROUND…DONT DROWN.

Notable warnings: Flood warning, Los Angeles basin, Red Bluff (northern Sac’to valley); Winter Storm, San Gabriels, San Bernardinos and the Grapevine, all the Sierra Nevada; High Surf Warning, along all the central coast.

9:45 am
Storm 20 is sending heavy rain and snow into Southern California, the desert and Arizona. This is a big storm event down there.

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