On This Date In California Weather History (November 19)

Kim Noyes

2011: A non-thunderstorm wind gust of 62 mph was recorded at the Bicycle Lake Airfield on the post of Fort Irwin, San Bernardino County.

2008: Santa Ana winds blew from 11/15 to this day.
Winds gusted over 70 mph in the Santa Ana Mountains and over 60 mph in the northern Inland Empire.
The Freeway Complex Fire burned from Corona through Chino Hills and Yorba Linda.
This fire destroyed or damaged over 300 homes and four businesses.
More than 30,000 acres burned and more than 40,000 evacuated.

2006: An upper level ridge of high pressure formed over the Central California Interior in the wake of a Pacific storm system.
Radiational cooling in the stable environment allowed dense fog to form over the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley during the late night and morning hours.
Lowest measured visibilities were a few hundred feet.
Dense fog with visibility as low as 200 feet formed before sunrise in parts of the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley on the 18th and persisted through the 20th.

2002: Valley fog was especially widespread from the 14th through the morning of the 21st.
Numerous vehicle accidents occurred due to the extremely poor visibilities on Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley roadways...especially during the week starting the 18th. 
During this week there were 4 indirect traffic fatalities due to the dense fog with at least 32 injuries.

2001: Dense fog occurred through the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley during the late nights and early mornings of the 17th through through the 21st. 
The mornings of the 17th, 18th, and 19th had visibilities less than 150 feet in many locations prompting Highway Patrol to "pace" cars to minimize accidents on major thoroughfares.

2000: With relatively dry weather persisting, overnight radiational cooling continued to drop temperatures to just below 32° F consistently for a stretch of mornings from the 16th through the 20th of November in the Central and South San Joaquin Valley.
Lowest readings were only in upper 20s with many readings around 30° F.   
Arvin had a low of 25° F on both the 19th and 20th but citrus locations were likely 28° F and higher.

1994: Lodgepole (Sequoia Nat'. Park) recorded a low of -3° F, coldest on record for the month of November.

1994: The morning low temperature at Reno, NV, was 3° F.

1972: Hail measuring 1.75" was reported about 10 miles south of Kingman, AZ, along Interstate 40 in Mohave County.

1967: A moist subtropical storm system produced 14"+ in mountains above LA, 7.96" in LA.
It was called "worst since 1934."
On this day 1.87" fell in one hour in LA, the greatest one hour rainfall on record.
Flooding was called the "worst since 1934."
Two were killed.
Flash flooding and mud slides resulted.
400 were stranded in the mountains due to closed highways.

1964: After a major snowstorm, arctic air covered the region.
It was -15° (that’s right, below zero!) in Big Bear Lake, the lowest temperature on record for November, the third lowest temperature on record, and the earliest date in the season to record a temperature below zero.
This is likely the lowest temperature ever recorded in Southern California.
It was 10° in Idyllwild, the lowest temperature on record for November.
This also occurred on 11/17/1958.
It was 8° in Victorville, the lowest temperature on record for November.

1963: Heavy rains hit Southern California with 1.5"-3" inches on this
day and on 11.20.
Six were injured in local flooding and numerous traffic accidents.
Strong storm winds downed hundreds of trees and power lines.

1950: Bakersfield’s low was 65° F, highest on record for the month of November.

1946: Salinas received 3.16" of rain -- a record for the month.

1917: Santa Maria warms to 94° F, all-time high for the month.

1906: High winds downed trees and tore down power lines at Yosemite National Park.

Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego