San Diego is known for its warm climate year-round, and the recent dry spell combined with Santa Ana winds has been causing turmoil and destruction in the form of spreading camp fires nearby. The fires have displaced thousands from their homes, causing nurses from San Diego to rush to the aid of those hurt and scared in shelters.
The fires became severe because of the wind but started due to the easily catching wooded areas which were parched due to a lack of rain. San Diegans have been praying for showers and now it seems they’ve finally received some precipitation.
The rain began on Thursday, pouring in from a nearby Pacific storm in the early morning. It soaked the rush hour drivers on freeways, pelting liquid onto plants, animals, and plenty of umbrellas. The rain was so intense, in fact, that SeaWorld of all places had to close its doors to the public. Something many San Diegans found ironic, as SeaWorld is known for their crowd dampening displays anyway.
It wasn’t just rain that halted construction in the city and drove business owners to batten down their hatches. The high winds continued to bluster and blow, causing something of a situation for those who had small loose items outside around their homes or businesses. Signs, children’s play items, and even laundry on clotheslines found its way across property lines as 65 mph winds hit the city.
Snow in San Diego
There was also a snow warning for San Diego mountaintops, which would dust the peaks before the end of day on Friday. San Bernardino ridges might even receive a full 20 inches of snow before the end of it. Of course, the main city of San Diego shouldn’t see any of the icy stuff hit the ground, but this shift in snow level is still something to consider for San Diegans contemplating this sudden weather surge.
Bad Weather and Consequences
The storm, which has a potential to cause runoff and flooding, washed out many streets and became a danger, especially for coastal dwellers. San Diegans were warned by the DEH to stay clear of beaches for 3-days following the heavy rains in case there were further issues due to the high-water levels and flooding.
While citizens were urged to contact emergency units in the case of an accident or injury caused by the storm, few casualties were reported. Some automobile incidents did create concern, but the storm passed with less damage than could have ensued. Some are even thankful for the rainfall, counting their lucky stars that it finally put an end to the ongoing threat of fire in the area. For families displaced by the recent fires, the rain is good news, but not an answer to their loss of home and lifestyle.
Could this be the first of many storms to hit the San Diego coastline for the winter season, or will clear skies be in the city’s forecast? Current weather reports warn of more rain and even thunder showers in the coming week; only time will tell whether these predictions pan out.