Sunday, September 23, 2007

Last Day of Summer is All Wet (Press Enterprise; Sat. Sept. 22, 2007) An Abnormal Rain Storm That Was an Answer to My Prayers!! BSR

BS Ranch Perspective:

The Rain was a Prayer answered, with the FIRES that were out of control burning in the news, it was my prayer answered! I wanted the fires to be well closed and easier for the Firefighters to clean up and get under control! The Fires did most of what I had prayed for but not all of what I prayed for!

With that the rain was also a huge measure of what the State of California needs. We are in such a Water Crunch that the government and non-profit agencies are just now going out of their way to report it in very very small quiet way (even though they have a commercial out on television that refers people to go to a Web site. The commercial is quiet, & refers to the web site quietly at the end of the commercial), so that in no way a panic is caused, after all they don't want people vacating their homes and fleeing California due to the water shortages, that we are in, and about to experience. But since they don't want to report the shortages of Water in the State I will, by the use of my small unread BLOG! Sad huh? Well Here is a Scary web site if you read and understand what they are talking about next year or the next we will be in some serious problems, and we will be drinking desalinized Water from the Pacific Ocean!! just to beat the shortage of water, at a cost that will be past on to the whole state of California. Just ask the governor?

BS Ranch

( The web site enclosed in the parenthesise is believed to be the Web Site that is referred to by the Commercial, However it is shown mentioned only once and you only asked to go there once at the end of the commercial if you are interested in the conservation water in California. It is all part of the information that they are required to give under the Last Proposition 13 That passed Regarding the Clean Water Act of 2005, since it passed in 2005! If you want to go to the web site I suggest that you do so it tells you everything that is going on to clean the Water in California!! It is a Great Resource for us or anyone to use that is!! B.S.R...

Last day of summer is all wet

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10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, September 22, 2007
The Press-Enterprise

When the first drops of rain hit the ground in several Inland cities Saturday morning, records fell.

Rainfall records, however, were easy to achieve Saturday -- it had never rained on a Sept. 22 in the region, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

"It's all relative," meteorologist Phil Gonsalves said. "You can say it's the most powerful storm in 20 years because we just aren't used to rain this time of the year. That's why we weren't making a big deal about it."

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San Bernardino County Fire Department fire mechanic Anthony Harbeck on Saturday tries to stay dry as he performs inspections on fire equipment in Running Springs.

The slow-moving storm predicted to move into the region Friday crept inland Saturday, the last day of summer. As expected, it brought the first measurable amount of rainfall in five months to some areas and near-record low temperatures in several cities, including Riverside.

Rain totals for the 24-hour period between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, from the National Weather Service, showed precipitation was heaviest in mountain and foothill communities, but still less than an inch.

In San Bernardino County, 0.96 inches of rain were recorded in Lake Arrowhead, 0.89 in Lytle Creek, 0.74 in Devore, 0.45 in Wrightwood and 0.21 in Oak Glen, the weather service reported.

The storm gave other Inland communities a more mild soaking: 0.31 inches of rain fell in Fontana, 0.28 in Upland, 0.24 in Rialto, 0.23 at the Corona airport, 0.20 in San Bernardino, 0.17 at the Ontario airport, 0.14 at the Chino airport 0.11 in Murrieta and 0.05 inches at UCR.

Dense fog in the mountain communities of Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead were also a result of the unseasonable weather system.

Although heavy rain and fog blanketed the roads leading up to burn areas of the Butler Fire 2, east of Running Springs today, some Fawnskin residents were disappointed that they didn't get more precipitation.

"We're happy to see this rain coming. I just wished there was more of it," said Don Easton, who's lived in the area since the 1980s. Easton said he wasn't concerned about mudslides or flooding.

"It's beautiful here now. Thanks to all the help we had," he said.

Resident Johnny Johnson said things are getting back to normal in the small mountain community after the fire.

"Everything is fine. No problems. We need a little rain," Johnson said. "We like it. It's good. We live in the mountains and we have this kind of weather."

Carol Lorimor, owner of North Antiques and Collectibles, said she was surprised the storm didn't bring more rain to Fawnskin. "A bit of rain is a good thing and a whole lot of rain probably wouldn't be. What we're getting is wonderful," she said.

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Cal Fire engineer Phillip Derner on Saturday stays dry inside a fire truck during an inspection in Running Springs.

John Miller, spokesman U.S. Forest Service, said the fire is 100 percent contained and firefighters are mopping up.

Miller said the areas of concern for mud slides are the closed section of Highway 18 at Green Valley Road, the Big Bear Dam and around Fawnskin.

Caltrans crews have been clearing fallen rocks and debris throughout the day. Miller said they don't have an anticipated reopening date for Highway 18.

Meteorologists followed the storm for nearly a week once it formed in the cooler waters off the coast of British Columbia. Originally, they expected the low-pressure system to make its way into Southern California on Thursday, peak Friday and peter out Saturday morning.

Instead, the storm stalled off of the coast Friday, then inched its way ashore during early morning Saturday. The bulk of the storm's energy was centered in Orange and Los Angeles counties, weather service meteorologist Ed Clark said.

The rain that fell in the Inland area caused a spike in traffic accidents, California Highway Patrol senior dispatcher Paul Rogers said.

The weather played a role in at least one fatal collision. Just before 8 a.m., a big-rig slammed into the center divider on Interstate 15, south of Highway 60 in Mira Loma, killing a 34-year-old man from El Cajon and critically injuring another person, the CHP reported.

The driver, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and died on the scene about 20 minutes later, according to the Riverside County coroner's office.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening the National Weather Service predicted the storm clouds would leave the Inland Empire overnight and give way to clear skies and higher temperatures today.

"Zero rain after midnight. No more rain anywhere," said Miguel Miller, a weather service forecaster. The storm marched down from Northern California on Friday, and would probably return to that area for a second round today.

"It was kind of like a bungee jump. It dropped down and hit Southern California, and now it's going back up again," Miller said.

Staff Writer Mary Bender contributed to this story.

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