Thunderstorms Rock Ridgecrest
Residents of the Indian Wells
Valley were amazed and surprised at Friday's severe weather display, and
rocked with the sound of thunder and pea sized hail.
Niño Makes It's Mark On Local Mountains
Walker Pass, 12-20-02
For some Ridgecrest residents,
Friday mornings dusting of snow wasn't enough to satisfy their cravings.
Although some found their way to Walker Pass to play in the winter wonderland,
conditions associated with El Niño may be bringing Frosty to their
|Based on NOAA’s (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) latest El Niño forecast
and its updated December-February winter outlook, forecasters said the
nation can expect warmer-than-normal temperatures across the northern half
of the country, wetter and stormier-than-normal weather across the south
from California through the Carolinas, and drier-than-normal conditions
in the northern Rockies and Midwest. According to a December 12th report
from the Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to maintain
it's strength until May of 2003.
For those hoping for a white
Christmas locally, moisture remains in the forecast from Saturday through
Christmas Day with the exception of Monday. A 60% chance of precipitation
is predicted for Saturday night with an estimated low of 34 F.
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Provide Scenic Skies
Recent storms in So. California
have brought little in the way of rain to the upper desert but have provided
some pretty scenic views of the sky.
This Video shot from
behind Howards Mini Market. Upjohn and Downs. Audio (Real Player)
Watch the Video (2.1 MB)
Ridgecrest Hit By Freak Storm
Ridgecrest was hit by a freak storm this
afternoon causing flooding streets, up
rooted trees, damaged roofs and
downed powerlines. There were no
known injuries. Bowman Road, east of
China Lake Blvd. was covered with water
two feet deep in some places, and A
section of west Upjohn was closed due to
several downed power poles.
Trigger Amazing Light Shows
In Depth, 2-29-00
As solar flares enter another
11 year cycle, the Aurora Borealis otherwise known as Northern Lights,
may be seen as far south as Ridgecrest.
According to scientists,
this year should be one of the worst for solar storms. Communications and
power companies may be affected.