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Severe Thunderstorms Rock Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest, 3-4-05

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.

El 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 doorstep.

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.

Walker Pass - Length 1:19

Recent Storms Provide Scenic Skies 
Ridgecrest 4-7-99 

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.

Power Pole Snapping [Audio]
This Video shot from behind Howards Mini Market. Upjohn and Downs. Audio (Real Player)

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Ridgecrest Hit By Freak Storm 
Ridgecrest, 8-15-98 

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.

Solar Events 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. 

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