"Warm" winter storm kept snow levels above 8,500 feet but brought heavy winter rains to the Sierra below this level from the 27th through the 28th.
Rainfall totals included 6.82" at Lodgepole, 4.39" at Grant Grove, 3.80" at Huntington Lake, and 3.00" at Shaver Lake.
SNOTEL sites in the high Sierra estimated between 20 and 36 inches of snow generally, though 50" was reported by Upper Burnt Corral.2001:
A storm brought 32 inches of snow to Mountain High ski area (San Gabriel Mnts.).1997:
A funnel cloud was observed in Kearny Mesa - San Diego. 1996:
A storm that started on 2.25 and ended on this day produced 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rainfall in coastal areas.
Snowfall of ten inches was recorded at Idyllwild, two inches in Yucaipa and even a dusting in Hemet and Corona.
One to two feet of snow fell in the higher mountains and up to six inches fell in the high desert.1991:
An F1 tornado touched down near Goshen (Tulare Co.).1991:
A series of storms that started on 2.27 and ended on 3.1 produced three to six inches of rainfall at lower elevations, with 11 to 14 inches of precipitation in the mountains. 4.45 inches of precipitation fell on this day in Idyllwild, the greatest daily amount on record for February.
2.42 inches fell in Borrego Springs, the greatest daily amount on record for February and the third greatest daily amount on record.
4.80 inches fell at Palomar Mountain, 4 inches at Julian, 3.80 inches at Mt. Laguna, 2.28 inches at San Diego, 1.79 inches in La Mesa, and 0.95 inch in Chula Vista.
1.18 inches of rain fell in San Diego during a 24 hour period ending this day.
Two died and six were injured. Hazards included urban flooding, mudslides, and road washouts.
Flood waters were five feet deep at Desert Hot Springs.
Two to three feet of snow were dumped on the Big Bear area and up to two feet fell elsewhere in the mountains.
Highways were closed.
A tornado hit Tustin on this day and a waterspout was observed off La Jolla.
Boats were torn from moorings at Harbor Island in San Diego Bay, and extensive roof damage was done at the San Diego Convention Center.1988:
Two F0 tornadoes were reported by a pilot 45 miles north of Gerlach, NV. 1983:
Heavy rain that started on 2.24 and ended on this day brought extensive street flooding.
Damage was done to 30 cars and an apartment building in Anaheim.1974:
High winds damaged over a dozen mobile homes in the Reno and Carson City, NV areas.
Wind gusts to 105 mph were reported at the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot, with gusts to 100 mph at the Stead airport.1964:
Fresno recorded its' 16th day with a low temperature at or below freezing, a record for the month of February. 1962:
It was -10° in Big Bear Lake and 28 in San Luis Obispo, both the lowest temperature on record for February. 1951:
It was 4° in Idyllwild, the lowest temperature on record for February.1944:
30.0 inches of snow fell at Tahoe City.1938:
Storms of tropical origin that started on 2.27 ended on 3.4.
One was killed by lightning in Corona.
11.06 inches of rain fell at LA.
More than 30 inches fell at several mountain stations of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains (32.2 inches at 8,300 feet elev.).
More than 22 inches fell in the Santa Ana River headwaters.
Considerable snow was melted, adding to the runoff.
This led to unprecedented flood control efforts, including a network of dams and canals and concrete channels.
For the storm 210 were reported dead or missing in flooding across Southern California, 45 in Orange County, of which 43 perished in Mexican-American Atwood from an eight-foot wall of water.
Hundreds were injured.
The Santa Ana River flooded, inundating nearly all of northern Orange County.
Catastrophic damage hit more than 1,500 residences.
400 cabins and buildings were washed away in and around San Antonio Canyon.
The Whitewater River flooded, isolating Palm Springs. 1914:
Mojave reached 90 degrees for a high, warmest ever in February.1911:
Mojave received 3.0" of snow; Fresno had a trace.1893:
Bakersfield recorded its' 12th day this month with a low of freezing or below, a record for the month of February. 1884:
The wettest February in San Diego history ended with 9.05 inches.
It is the third wettest month on record (wettest: 9.26 inches in 12.1921).
The 1883-84 season ended as the wettest in San Diego history with 25.97 inches.
Source: NWS Hanford, Reno, & San Diego
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