Weather Forecasting


A California Case Study - Summary

This impressive storm dumped two inches of rain in the Los Angeles area on February 25th and 26th, 2004. Some newspapers called it the strongest winter storm of the decade. Since it had rained almost two inches just four days earlier, flooding and mudslides were widespread. Here is a table of the weather conditions from the same period as the satellite images.

Date High (F) Low (F) Precipitation (in)
02 / 24 61 51 0.00
02 / 25 61 52 1.24
02 / 26 60 53 0.75
02 / 27 60 48 0.00

The winds were generally from the south before the cold front passed and then from the west-northwest after the cold front passed. But the temperatures didn't change much at all with this wind shift. This is largely due to the huge influence that the Pacific ocean has on the weather in southern California. Weather systems form and travel over miles of mild ocean waters with endless amounts of moisture and moderating temperatures available.