Anyone really understand how all this weather stuff works?

Cos this sounds disturbing.

Models have this storm reaching very strong levels with a central
pressure down around 977 mb. It just so happens that the all-time
record low barometric pressure in California is 977 mb, or 28.85 inches
set Jan. 27, 1916, in San Francisco. Many other record low barometric
pressure readings may be broken tomorrow as well, like Los Angeles,
Fresno and San Diego.


I mean, I always considered that the earthquakes were payoffs for no hurricanes or the like.
I don't like record-setting anything when it comes to weather.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Well, I've learned not to take any weather extremities out here seriously. It's usually the hills, deserts or the beaches (water spouts!!!) that get smacked. My neighborhood isn't called The Miracle Mile for nothing.
    We have a steady rain, now, beneath a gray-white sky. But no one is throwing down thunderbolts. I haven't been asked to vacate the Aubrey residence.
    Let's hope for little damage and injury out here!


  2. Oh golly gullywasher. Does put a knot in the gut."Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies …. "And, when bad storms are on the way, I find it helps to listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival. I see, a bad moon a-risin', I see, trouble on the way, I see, earthquakes and lightnin', I see, bad times today.Don't go 'round tonight …OK, ok.Have you ever seen the rain?ok! I'm done!


  3. ooothat helps.(him's a local boy!)


  4. No way. Didja go to school with him and stuff?!A few years ago I was in a diner, and a baaad Nor'easter was nigh upon us. We're all having our last suppers. The diner had a juke box and a really cool chick puts monies in and plays all the CCR hits. And we all survived! So how do you explain that?


  5. The important thing is that the hummingbird nest is in fine shape! Mama just left and I see the babies.


  6. Py you are a crazy, in the best possible way! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Are you still there, lauo? Keep us apprised…like an update every 10 minutes, saying, "I haven't floated away" because the super low pressure!That is kind of scary, actually. I hope all is well!


  8. I've emailed a meteorologist friend to ask if this actually means anything to real people or just weather geeks.He will email me back an entire dissertation, I'm sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ The man loooves his weather more than anything (incl. the wife, but she's cool with it).


  9. Nope, I wasn't out here for high school.Le Sigh.


  10. Am waiting with bated breath.Mostly it just seems wet so far.


  11. I hope you have a raft!


  12. Now we're getting your weather. The high winds are crazy – five semi-trucks have been flipped over down by Yuma, where there's also zero visibility from dust storms (they have big sand dunes down there). Evacuation orders for people living in Sedona – Oak Creek should crest at 20 feet, 21" of snow in Flagstaff, Phoenix is under a tornado warning – A TORNADO!? In PHOENIX?!It's the apocalypse!


  13. Well, my personal weather geek got back to me and sez:"Getting a low down to the 970 millibar range is not unheard of in the
    Pacific Northwest, but it _is_ very rare for a storm that strong to dig
    so far southward. El Nino is to blame. The typical jet stream setup
    during El Nino years is for very deep troughs (dips in the jet stream)
    to slam into the west coast. So storms that would _usually_ ride in
    much farther north are instead directed on a more southerly track. To
    put things in perspective, a 970 hurricane is probably getting into Cat
    2 on the Saffer-Simpson scale, so these west coast storms are indeed
    powerful. The big difference between the storms you're seeing and
    hurricanes is the structure. A hurricane tends to have it's lowest
    pressures within twenty or thirty miles of the center — imagine one of
    those deep-funneled coin donation things. This means the winds are
    _very_ strong close to the center. These west coast storms have low
    pressure spread over a wide area away from the center. This means
    that, while the strongest winds don't quite measure up to a hurricane
    of equivalent central pressure, they cover a much broader area."So it's an El Nino thing and it's like a hurricane only spread out.


  14. it's like a hurricane only spread out.That's a useful image, and I'd been wondering what was the difference, having grown up with the occasional hurricane.


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