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February 25, 2014

Significant Rain/Snow?

A Big Storm May or May Not Be Coming

Significant Rain/Snow?

Weather may be typical SoCal mundane right now, but the Los Angeles Times reports what could be the wettest storm in years is en route for later this week: forecasts call for as much as one to two inches of rain in the basin, which in a normal SoCal winter would qualify as...a normal SoCal winter storm.

According to the article, we saw our last real storm on March 25, 2012, when a reasonable but certainly not extraordinary .95 inches of rain fell downtown. I realized today the mere possibility of a major storm was enough to make me suddenly, inexplicably giddy. It doesn't even matter if it comes or not; the forecast has been dry for so long now, just the thought of a real storm was enough to spark some hope in my otherwise drought-crushed soul.

That said, I'm hoping Ma Nature goes batshit-crazy on us come Thursday...

  1. J.B. says:

    S.O.S.! (Save Our Season)

  2. Dan Conger says:

    I keep hoping for a miracle March.

  3. Andy says:

    How about a February miracle?? :)

  4. Tom says:

    San Jacinto/Jean may be the call for Sunday if this storm materializes. Andy, how much do you think it’ll need to make it worth it? 2 ft?

  5. Brent says:

    Holy crap those numbers for the San G area are outstanding! It might be a good event for creating some big natural avalanches, like along the south fork trail for instance. I’ll definitely get out there after it has a chance to settle down.

  6. Andy says:

    These numbers are crazy. I’m seeing upwards of 80″ of snow for San Antonio. We’re in pure wildcard territory here. If it does hit, seek out only the safest of terrain, and remember the roads will be treacherous also. I would avoid Baldy Bowl, Baden Powell, and absolutely the South Fork trail.

  7. Andy says:

    Storm comes in warm…WonderMap is crying: But NWS still showing massive snow totals next 48hrs…

  8. jason says:

    Whats the word on high elevation areas in so cal?

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