Perfect Storm

In this graphic Riverside is just lower left to the center blue spot.  We’ve been getting hosed with tropical moisture for days now from a front that is stalled off the coast, giving us more rain in a week than we usually get in a year.  If this wasn’t scary enough, a monstorous cold front is barreling down the coast and is due to slam into this warm front tonight, bringing about an almost unheard-of thunderstorm event to Southern California with lightning, high winds, and oh goody, torrential rain.  All three highways into the mountains are closed with rockslides and flooding, with the potential for washouts that can take weeks to fix.  The only way down right now is out the back side to the desert, a long, narrow route for frantic commuters. 

One bright side is that the ski resorts are finally getting some snow (that’s the blue spot in the middle of the photo).  Our 10,000′ peaks should have 10-15 feet of snow by the time the storm clears out Thursday.

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