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March 21, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC and JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tornado-like winds ripped off roofs, lightning bolts knocked out electrical power, and drenching rain snarled freeways and prompted flash-flood watches and warnings Friday as a powerful spring storm hammered Southern California. Fire officials said a mini-tornado carrying winds exceeding 100 m.p.h.
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October 7, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A powerful storm brought record rainfall to Southern California on Wednesday but was expected to give way to warm weather and possible dry winds that could heighten the threat of brush fires by the weekend. The wet weather snarled rush-hour traffic Wednesday morning as authorities reported more than 130 accidents on Los Angeles County roadways, the California Highway Patrol said. In Sierra Madre, city officials issued a "green flag" alert, warning residents to follow weather reports and be ready for evacuation due to mudslides or debris flow resulting from downpours.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1992 | AMY PYLE and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The televised drowning of 15-year-old Adam Bischoff in the rain-swollen Los Angeles River despite multiple rescue attempts has prompted calls for better ways of dealing with such emergencies, including training for police officers, use of county lifeguards or equipping bridges over the river with nets or cables for victims to grab.
OPINION
January 20, 2010
By next week, the hills will have made their transition from brown tinder to bright-green carpet, the first promise of colorful wildflowers to come after several dry years. In the fire-bared canyons of the Angeles National Forest, the slopes either will show the first signs of recovery, as the seeds of annual plants begin to sprout, or will become disaster zones for the second time since last summer, with thick waves of mud sliding downhill and possibly onto homes. It's hard for most of the country -- the regions that regularly receive plentiful rain and/or snow -- to understand Southern California's dysfunctional love-hate-fear relationship with rain.
NEWS
March 19, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and BILL STALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A stalled storm that saturated Santa Barbara and Ventura counties with two to eight inches of rain intensified Monday evening and lumbered south, spawning heavy rain in the Los Angeles Basin, snow and high winds in the mountains, and flash-flood warnings along the coast. Despite the much-needed rain, state officials warned that the five-year drought was far from over. Officials said the critical Sierra Nevada snowpack was still well below normal. Winds gusting up to 60 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A vigorous Pacific storm moved in over Southern California on Wednesday, bringing with it the promise of up to two inches of rain by tonight and more wet weather in the days to come. The rain that began falling in the Los Angeles area Wednesday afternoon was the first measurable precipitation in almost a month, during what normally is the wettest time of the year.
NEWS
January 14, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third time in 10 years, a huge expanse of unusually warm water has developed in the equatorial Pacific, setting in motion a so-called El Nino system that could disrupt normal weather patterns around the world, National Weather Service scientists said Monday. Evidence of another of the periodic upsets had been accumulating for several months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991 | CHARISSE JONES and RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The latest in a series of storms pelted Southern California on Friday, bringing strong winds and high tides that sent part of a Malibu home crashing into the surf below and causing flooding, power failures and beach closures from Los Angeles to San Diego.
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February 21, 1992 | JENIFER WARREN and TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They gather each morning at a makeshift command post on Mt. Baldy, swapping stories, repeating prayers and gamely holding on to hope just five miles below the ski slopes where their loved ones disappeared. Ten frosty days have passed since Tim Pines and Charlie Prior vanished in a blizzard. There is little chance, the authorities warn, of finding them alive. But friends and relatives of the two Orange County men do not surrender easily.
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February 9, 1994 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Joyce Gaspard left work during the relentless rain on Monday evening, Von Karman Avenue looked like a war zone, with uprooted trees, fallen branches and debris covering much of the darkened street. When the Webster University administrator returned to her Irvine office Tuesday morning, most of the debris she had seen the evening before was gone, a testimonial to the quick work of city crews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tail end of a weather system that began over the weekend and brought cold, wet and windy weather may bring more rain today. Showers should end by midmorning, giving way to partly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service. The storm that arrived Sunday evening and continued through Monday morning dropped rainfall ranging from a tenth of an inch in parts of the San Fernando Valley to three-quarters of an inch on Mt. Wilson, the weather service reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A powerful storm whipped through Southern California Saturday, dumping several inches of rain in some areas. Three traffic deaths in Ventura County were blamed on the storm, and a 10-year-old girl was critically injured when she was struck by a falling light pole in Palmdale. The storm, which hit the region Saturday morning and was expected to linger through early Sunday, wreaked havoc on Thanksgiving weekend traffic. Minor flooding and slick roads resulted in hundreds of traffic collisions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD and PAM NOLES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A rare summer monsoon sneaked in through Southern California's back door Thursday, pummeling inland valleys with unseasonable rain and lightning before moving west into Los Angeles County and raising worries about flash floods in the mountains. Lightning started fires, knocked out power and injured at least one man. Rain snarled traffic with fender-benders before the thunderstorm cells moved toward the sea, drenching eastern Los Angeles County and portions of Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD and PAM NOLES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A rare summer monsoon sneaked in through Southern California's back door Thursday, pummeling inland valleys with unseasonable rain and lightning before moving west into Orange and Los Angeles counties and raising worries about flash floods in the mountains. Lightning started fires, knocked out power and injured at least one man. Rain snarled traffic with fender-benders before the thunderstorm cells moved toward the sea, drenching eastern Los Angeles County and portions of Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A late-season cold storm was expected to whip through Southern California today, bringing the likelihood of wind, rain and snow that should clear out by noon. The overnight forecast called for up to half an inch of rain in some coastal areas, and four to seven inches of snow in local mountains, National Weather Service meteorologist John Gorman said. Winds were predicted to gust up to 25 mph. "It's a little late for a storm this cold," Gorman said.
NEWS
April 10, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A tour bus overturned in a storm on a treacherous stretch of highway east of San Diego on Monday evening, sending 35 people to the hospital. It was one of more than 100 accidents reported as snow and hail hit parts of Southern California. Two dozen, including the bus crash, occurred along Interstate 8 near the mountain community of Alpine, which was lashed by thunderstorms and brief but very heavy small hail, National Weather Service officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1995 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Malibu floods. Malibu mops up. Malibu dries out. A Sunday respite complete with enamel-blue skies, cottony clouds and balmy weather provided the quintessential beachy backdrop to the ritual cleanup after rains and floods created the worst disaster in Malibu since the 1993 wildfires. About 100 houses had been socked in by mud piled up in driveways and garages.
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February 25, 1998 | STEPHANIE SIMON and KATE FOLMAR and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The latest storm to ram California killed at least six people, including two police officers and two college students, and swiped savagely at hillsides, highways and rail tracks, scattering despair and destruction before blowing out of the state Tuesday. At least one other person died and another was missing across the border in Tijuana in the 49th storm to hit that city this winter. The intense rainfall forced 550 people from their homes.
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