This video shows that this winter 2011-2012 season has started out unusually dry. We were way below our average rainfall, as well as the snowfall up in the Sierras. Almost half of the state of California was under a drought already. Luckily we were in for a treat at least through the 2nd half of this winter.
We experienced windy conditions and mild weather in the first half of January 2012 but then as the stubborn high pressure just off the coast of California finally sinks southward. It was pushing all the storms up and around much of California and the Southwest. So now, the jet stream has finally sunk southward, aiming the storms to the Northwest and California instead of Alaska/Canada in which the Alaskans experienced a tremendous, record breaking amounts of snow! We were in for a parade of storms actually, a bit similar to the famous "Pineapple Express" scenario.
The 1st of the storms finally arrived in San Jose, CA, our area, and gave us a refreshing sprinkle of showers on the day of Thursday, January 19th, 2012.
The 2nd storm came in on Friday, January 20, 2012. This storm was the wettest of the storms that came rolling through our area. We were forecasted to have heavy rains and possible thunderstorms with breezy winds from the south as this 2nd storm's cold front whips on through the region overnight. The heavy rains lasted from around 9 p.m. to about the early morning hours the next day. Roadways were ponding/flooding due to the deluge.
At one point, at around 3:45 a.m. (January 21, 2012) while I was at home still on the computer, I suddenly heard the rain come down very hard for like 10 seconds and subsided quickly. I figured that was probably an isolated thundershower!! This 2nd storm dumped nearly an inch of rain for our area just this evening alone! (0.94 inches to be exact).
By the next day (January 21, 2012), we caught a bit of a break before another weaker storm system came through that gave us another measurable amount of precipitation. An isolated rain shower came through our area during the early afternoon before the skies cleared up a bit. Breezy, northerly winds were also imminent in the region.
Then coming Sunday of January 22, 2012, the 3rd and last storm system arrives. We got 0.24 inches of rain from this storm. The remainder of the video shows this last storm subside and depart our area with a bit more drizzle and breezy conditions into the overnight and early morning hours on the 23rd.
By Monday, January 23, 2012, the center of this 3rd low pressure storm system finally drifts through and past our area. The center of the low ushered some possible thunderstorms due to the instability it created especially over parts of the Central California Valleys.
We saw a nice sunset, while around the San Mateo County as this last storm of the train finally leaves our area. This storm system was also responsible for giving Texas much needed rain...probably a bit too much. It was the same storm that also ushered severe weather in the southern states.
Our area received a total of about 1.32 inches of rain, still below our average rainfall for this month, which is a whopping 3.07 inches! We still have a long way to go despite the rains. Even the Sierras are way below their average snowfall. So despite the "weak Pineapple Express", it did little for us on the long run. Drought will and is still an issue for much of the region.
[Footage taken throughout the month of January 20, 2012 in and around San Jose, CA with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]
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