Report from friend in town at 8:00 pm: “Hey Kate-
We just had the tv interrupted with a weather advisory/warning of severe thunderstorms, 60mph sustained winds and 1 inch diameter hail going thru Gorda and Lucia heading east…people were advised to take cover in a secure building and not near any windows.”
Frankly, I think this is late and exaggerated, and is probably the one posted at 7 pm, which suggested 1/2 inch, and which I got bb sized, which only lasted about 10 minutes. Granted, I have not checked nexrad in the last hour, and will do so, but unless I see another cell coming at us, I won’t be posting for a while
*MAKE SURE AND READ DAVE ALLEN’S REPORT ON CONDITIONS AS HE DROVE FROM CARMEL TO PACIFIC VALLEY SCHOOL AND HOME TODAY IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS POST.*
7:00 pm – Nexrad Radar shot. See that F-2?? That’s us, right here under it!
Here is what that means:
6:45 pm – the beginnings of rain, small hail, and a dog who hates lightning is panting with eyes dialated and wide open. My hearing-aid dog. Even though I can’t hear it. She can. Oh, now I can hear it, too!! Here it comes!
6:30 pm – from Dave Allen: “The alarm just went off on my weather radio. It was a Severe T-storm Warning about that cell I mentioned off the coast. They said that it is presently 5 miles off Cape San Martin, and warned about high winds, lightning, hail and such.”
5:30 pm, let me start rain totals for today over again. Yesterday afternoon’s .75 got counted twice, once in today’s total as well as in yesterday’s total, as it wasn’t dumped. (my bad) but not in the rest of the totals (week or season). In other words, today’s totals were still 2.75, but the two inches were this morning and the .75 came this afternoon, not last night and early morning. That brings this week’s total to an even 8 inches, and the season total to 34.6 inches. Thank goodness I write this stuff down on my calendar, huh?
3:20 pm – major lightning and thunder, just one, so far, but very bright, loud, close. Rain has begun again, and here’s the hail. Quick roll through, and gone in 10 minutes. Boy, our weather people called this one right on the money, didn’t they? There is a very long, detailed NOAA discussion issued at 3 pm today. Every interested party should read it. See links to the right.
3:00 pm – here it comes again. Here is current Nexrad:
2:30 pm – local went up to look at the slide on N-F Rd. and reports Cal-Trans has one piece of equipment there, but did not think it was big enough for the trees. She did not mention County one way or the other. Another local reported she came up the back side of N-F Rd. from 101 and was able to get through the few minor problems with her fully loaded low vehicle. Another local reports a tree down blocking Plaskett near the bottom. I’m guessing, with a relative degree of certainty, that there are a bunch more between it and me.
12:30 pm. I have confirmed with the USFS, PV Station that Nasty-Fergy is closed due to an “erosion problem.” I was informed that the County Road crews would get to it in the next “couple days.” Another Alm’s Ridge local was able to drive up Willow and all the way across the back side last night. Plaskett is probably impassable, but the USFS doesn’t have any information. Oh, and the good news is that at least some, if not all, of Big Sur Valley has power again.
It is dead quiet here, but the wind advisory remains in effect, with a high wind watch starting this evening. More of everything later tonight.
From the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services:
A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON. A HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* TIMING: STRONG SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON TODAY. SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL ONCE AGAIN INCREASE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED IN THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON.
* WINDS: SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WILL CONTINUE TODAY WITH LOCAL GUSTS AS HIGH AS 50 MPH. ON WEDNESDAY SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.
* IMPACTS: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE. DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES MAY RESULT IN POWER OUTAGES.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
11:00 am – a break in the weather, and nothing shows up on Nexrad for the next several hours. Hopefully, we won’t get any more until tonight.
10:00 am – power out in Big Sur Valley, per BSV source, and residents warned by PG&E that it is likely to be for an extended period of time.
9:30 am – live wires sparking in the middle of the road at Palo Colorado and Garapata Rd.
9:00 am – NOAA is warning of hail and thunderstorms possible today, wind, and the whole ball of wax. Santa Cruz is faring much worse than we are. Most of the roads in the San Lorenzo Valley are closed, including 9 by Ben Lomand.
8:30 am – either I misread it, or between first light and now we got another inch, for 2 inches overnight and this morning, 7.25 inches for the week, and 33.85 inches for the season.
Nexrad this morning. At least Big Sur is not in the red!
8:00 am – 1 inch overnight and this morning; 6.25 inches for the week (starting Sunday); and 32.85 inches for the season. Report from a friend in Pebble Beach at 6 am: “we are getting pounded…..terrific wind, massive thunder and wind like you wouldn’t believe.” And Dave Allen left Carmel for the difficult drive down the coast from Carmel to Pacific Valley School at 6 am and he will report when he arrives.
3:30 am – what am I doing awake? Listening to the rain, the wind, and what may be mixed hail, that’s what. I will get back to sleep, shortly, I hope, if the sounds of the storm allow. Metal roofs, necessary for living among the wildfires, amplifies the sounds of storms. Rain totals when it is light. Continued coverage through out the day. Be safe everyone!