Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – Mount Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, Alpine, Pine Valley, Jacumba, CA
Following Phoenix’s “Haboob” dust storm Tuesday night, the extreme weather made it’s way into Southern California. With the chance of thunderstorms predicted for the mountain areas, SoCal SkyWatch drove out east of San Diego to document the incoming storm system.
The mountain views from I-8 are around 4,000 feet in elevation. Cumulus clouds formed over the mountain tops with an altocumulus & altostratus cloud layer above. Intermittent persistent contrails formed an even higher cirrus cloud layer.
As the thunderstorm clouds billowed upwards above the mountain peaks, aerosol spraying could be seen directly over them. Chemtrail spray operations were happening in Baja California, Mexico as well. Weather modification via Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering (SAG) was also captured above the Palomar Mountain area late in the afternoon.
Pictures of Aerosol Cloud Seeding Wednesday Morning before Flash Flood Watch:
Weather Alert Issued for Southern California:
FLASH FLOOD WATCHSan Diego County Deserts, CAIssued at 1:01 PM Wednesday, July 06, 2011Expires at 11:00 PM Wednesday, July 06, 2011All Areas Affected: Apple and Lucerne Valleys, CA | Coachella Valley, CA | Riverside County Mountains, CA | San Bernardino County Mountains, CA | San Diego County Deserts, CAURGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA 101 PM PDT WED JUL 6 2011 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS OF EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA... .ABUNDANT MOISTURE FROM THE SUB TROPICS AND UNSTABLE CONDITIONS ARE PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. THESE STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND LOCAL FLASH FLOODING. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...APPLE AND LUCERNE VALLEYS... COACHELLA VALLEY...RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS...SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS...SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS. * UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING. * THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS. * THE HEAVY RAINFALL COULD CAUSE FLASH FLOODING ALONG WITH MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
Local weather reports after the storm:
North County Times: Storm brings lightning strikes, heavy rain to mountains, deserts
The storm brought lightning strikes and brief periods of intense rain, especially north of Warner Springs just east of Palomar mountain, according to the Weather Service.
The rain moved into Southwest Riverside County and into Anza and Idyllwild in the early afternoon.
“It was raining really heavy for about 30 or 40 minutes,” said Riverside County firefighter Terri Szabo. “There was a lot of thunder and lightning.”
Szabo, who works at county fire Station 29 in Anza, said the rain was still falling at 2:30 p.m.
The firefighter said lightning triggered a blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest near Idyllwild.
According to the California Highway Patrol, sheets of rain were reducing visibility and making roads slippery on state Route 74 near Mountain Center.
At 2:45 p.m., the Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Riverside County, including Perris and Hemet, warning of damaging winds and downpours.
Murrieta Patch: Bulk of Storm Skips Murrieta
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: The threat of flash floods and lightning skipped over much of Murrieta today, but just to the north, Menifee saw two wildland fires caused by lightning strikes. Both blazes were quickly doused and there were no injuries.
Perris and Menifee both experienced multiple power line problems throughout the afternoon, and Southern California Edison was continuing to restore electricity to affected communities.
Nuevo had several instances of residential flooding, and Romoland saw a patio cover take flight in the wind.
NBC Los Angeles: Storm Cells Trigger Flash Floods in the IE, Riverside County
Heavy rains and lightning pounded areas in the Inland Empire and southern Riverside County Thursday afternoon, causing flooding and creating treacherous driving conditions.
According to initial reports, several roads in the Phelan area had to be shut down as a thunderstorm made its way through the area and flooded streets.
Roads included: Palmdale Road at Sheep Creek Road; Palmdale Road at Johnson Road; Highway 138 at Beekley Road; and several roads near Beekley and Deer Haven roads.
Portions of Sheep Creek Road between Phelan and Palmdale roads were rendered impassible by fast-moving water, the CHP said.
The CHP warned motorists not to drive on roadways covered with water.
Videos of the previous day’s “Haboob” in Phoenix, AZ for reference: