An Unlikely Visit of Hail & Snow in Northern California
Just in time for Severe Weather Awareness Week, multiple Northern California cities are already suffering at the hands of Mother Nature.
So just where is the hail falling and will it be hammering your city soon?
This article will cover both topics.
Nothern California Becomes the Unlikely Victim of Early Hail
South Tracy, CA : Friday, March 2nd
Tracy Press reported,
“Rain fell sporadically throughout the day Monday, with reports of hail to the south in rural Tracy starting at about 5 p.m. According to a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network measuring station in west Tracy, 0.45 of an inch of rain dropped between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 p.m. Tuesday…”
Orchards, rural roads were covered with 2 inches or more of hail. Unfortunately, the orchards were hit during their pollination period. One accident was reported due to icy conditions and hail.
Sacramento, CA: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
“Hail and strong thunderstorms hit parts of Northern California Monday. Sacramento saw a rare deluge of hail that triggered traffic headaches. A funnel cloud was spotted near the city’s airport.”
Social media outlets lit up with comments and questions about the rare hail occurrence. “Is it Hail or Snow?” seemed to be the resounding question. One tweeter reported that her windshield wiper broke in half because of the hail/snow. Interstate 5 travelers had quite a bit of time on their hands to tweet about stand-still conditions.
San Diego County, CA: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Carlsbad, San Marcos, El Cajon, Escondido, Ramona and Camp Pendleton were pelted with pea-sized hail.
2018 Hail Predictions
From Reputable Weather Sources
Wunderground says: A total of 107 reports of severe weather (tornadoes, damaging winds of 58-plus mph and hail 0.75 inches in diameter or larger) was tallied by the Storm Prediction Center on Saturday from northeastern Texas to southern Ohio.
NewsRoomAmerica.com reports: Southwest, TX to Southeast & Central, MS are showing favorable conditions for early severe storm activity.