Rain & Road Reports 1/4/17

Here are the rain totals from NWS for Big Sur. Note how high they were on the South Coast:

72 Hr Storm total rainfall Big Sur coast. #AtmosphericRiver
Anderson Peak 11.72
Mining Ridge 9.67
Chalk Peak 12.59
Three Peaks 13.17

Riverside Campground this morning, by Wendy Waters.


As of 1 pm, Cal Trans (CT) has no ETA on when they will be able to open the highway. I expect an update around dusk.

Here is a photo of the Big Sur River near the Lodge by Howard Jones:


Okay, now this is scary. This map shows a maximum of 45″ in the next 10 days. (See top of chart in white on right.) Yeah, in the brightest purple spots, which seems to include Big Sur.


10 am – Well, here you g0. The South Coast got hammered and it is still raining, although not as hard. FYI, I am between Chalk Peak and Three Peaks:



From Barbara Sexton, just before the Post Office:


Atmospheric River Explained:


8:30 am another yucky one from Lisa K – ashes to the ocean


8:3o am – Per Sander Koning: “There’s a new active slide right north of the Hawthorne home driveway east side of the highway.”

8 am – Black water coming out of Garrapata Creek. Photo by Lisa Kleissner:


6 am – I have received 5″ of rain, 3 of them since midnight. Currently raining at the rate of 1″ an hour. I think the meteorologists nailed this one.

In addition to the road being closed from Fuller’s (42.2 MM) and Ragged Point, there is this vehicle vs. slide at Ventana:

Incident: 00101 Type: Trfc Collision-No Inj Location: Sr1 / Ventana Loc Desc: SR1 / VENTANA, MM 44.9 Lat/Lon: 36.233742 -121.767075
Detail Information
6:11 AM 5 [7] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 CARMEL / 831-24-3827
6:08 AM 3 [5] VEH IS RENTAL / WILL NEED 1110
6:05 AM 1 [2] VEH VS SLIDE

15 thoughts on “Rain & Road Reports 1/4/17

  1. Sheesh! At 1am I had 3.3″, at 6:30am I had something like 6″ but I am not exactly sure because the rain gage overflowed.

  2. Yeah, my automated gauge is in a “rain shadow” as it is on the shorter south-facing roof, and the north-facing taller section of the roof is where the rain always comes from. I’m probably much higher. Keep saying I’m going to move it, but on the higher side is much harder and more dangerous to get to.


  3. Hi Kate Am a follower since the fire. Be safe! Have a great 2017! Best, Brenda Murdock Carmel Sent from my iPad.

  4. 7.03″ at Big Sur Station between 4 p.m. yesterday and 9 a.m. this morning

  5. 7am, rain gauge read 6.2″ Esalen Garden. Hot Springs creek is raging, with the thundering sound of boulders being rolled downstream!

  6. The most water running through our campground, had to have been a flash flood, it is raging here. Kind of fun as long as we can get our guests out. Logs coming down and the river smells of smoke. Stay safe everyone, stay home. Hugs.

  7. Stay home is a good point. I just post another map that shows a maximum of 45 inches expected in the next 10 days and a lot of that headed for Big Sur. BE SMART AND BE SAFE EVERYONE!


  8. If I were Pam, I would get WAY uphill of the river. If a log jam forms upstream and then breaks hours later after blocking a large volume of water, the results could be catastrophic.

  9. I think I am uphill enough Suzi where I am even though we had a flash flood through our lower campground early this morning but I believe I am safe. Let’s have the rain predictions lessen by quite a bit. 10″ in the next 10 days is enough for me. Thanks Kate. I got your post and your love. I am much more worried about the Grange and that area. Love you ladies.

  10. So sorry for the blue Honda owner submerged in mud, I hope you have good insurance.

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