TUESDAY: Cold sunshine, brisk wind chill. Low: 10. High: 20
WEDNESDAY: Still cold, increasing PM clouds. Low: 9. High: 25
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, flurries possible. Low: 14. High: 22
One of the strongest Santa Ana wind events in the last 5 to 10 years took place this week across southern California. A reporting station at Henninger Flats, near Pasadena, clocked winds at 157mph. Trees and power lines were downed all across the state with several hundred thousand people reported without power at one point. The winds were also strong enough to knock power out at the LAX Airport for about an hour, causing flight delays and cancellations.
The system that created this mess is actually the same system that will be bringing a wintry mess to parts of the Upper Midwest by the weekend. This is a classic "Texas Hook" or "Panhandle Hook" storm that drags copious amounts of Gulf of Mexico moisture north as it hooks around northern Texas into the Upper Midwest. Models and consistently kept the heaviest moisture in southeast Minnesota Friday night through Saturday, the Twin Cities only gets clipped with some light stuff.
The MSP Airport only had 1.36" of liquid this Fall (September - November), which is officially the driest Fall on record. Why do I feel that the current drought will only get worse before it gets better... Somebody turn off the MSP deflector shields!
- 76 mph - Acton
- 72 mph – San Rafael Hills (just NE of Los Angeles)
- 69 mph - Sierra Rotors Site (near Independence)
- 68 mph – Santa Fe Dam
- 66 mph – Mojave
- 167 mph - Henninger Flats (near Pasadena) **Suspicious Ob**
- 150 mph – Mammoth Mountain
- 106 mph – Grey Butte
- 106 mph – Five Mile
- 101 mph – Mt. Washington