This video shows our first decent stormy weather in weeks! This storm system, named "Winter Storm Q", had brought us our first decent/beneficial rainfall/snowfall to our region and much of California...
The main cold front/rain band of "Q" arrived in San Jose, CA during the late morning hours. Skies turned dark and gloomy as the rain band slowly approached from the west. I began my chase around town around 11 a.m. right when the main rain band arrived. Luckily my morning CIT-010 class ended on time! So I had time to observe this system shortly after. I drove along Capitol Expressway most of the time to get the rain footage. At times, the rain drops were coming down in large drops. The heaviest rain experienced occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. This was the heaviest rainfall to have occurred so far this year!
The heavy deluge subsided a few minutes later but the moderately heavy rainfall continued as I ventured on Capitol Expressway northbound. Finally, much of the main rain band of Q's cold front had passed...roughly after noon time or so. Continuation of Winter Storm Q's impacts on our area during the afternoon hours is shown on video part 2.
More information: *One of the coldest storms of the winter rolled across California on Tuesday of February 19, 2013. It had brought much needed rain and snow to California after a very dry beginning to the year. The entire state was affected by a potent storm system that dropped southward along the West Coast Monday night through Tuesday. This storm gathered additional moisture as it quickly drops southward into northern California by Tuesday morning. Over a foot of snow was possible in the Sierras. Snow levels lowered to 2,000 feet as cold air settled into the area Tuesday night. According to the weather service, there was also a weak tornado that was spotted just north of Red Bluff on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after 1:30 p.m. PST. The light funnel cloud had a rating of F0, meaning that it may have had winds reaching up to 70 mph. Luckily, it caused little to no damage. On the positive side, the storm had brought much needed rain and snow to some parts of the state. The storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought the first significant rainfall to the region in several weeks. Ultimately, this storm was named, "Winter Storm Q".
Forecast for Tuesday, February 19, 2013 for our area: A steady rain during the day. Thunder was possible. High temps around the lower 50's. Rainfall accumulated approx 0.21 inches. The main cold front/moderate to heavy rain exited our area by 2-3 p.m.
[Photos & video clips filmed in and around San Jose, CA on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 with my iPhone and Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]
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