Wednesday's Wild Weather - NBC Bay Area

Wednesday's Wild Weather

The timing for the Bay Area's latest storm was perfect when you factor in the commute.



    Weather Radar Lights Up Wednesday

    After a short break in the early hours, the skies are expected to darken again Wednesday afternoon. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011)

    The latest storm to pummel the Bay Area came fast and furious and in the overnight hours.

    Heavy rains, strong winds and high surf swept through the region right on cue. The winds knocked down power lines leaving a couple thousand PG&E customers in the dark for a time. Flooding was a factor in the typical spots, like the Great Highway in San Francisco and the Manzanita Park and Ride Lot in Marin. There are also lots of cases of intermittent hail in the Bay Area. Case in point can be found at the bottom this article from the Oakland Hills.

    The headline for the day seems to be a warning of high surf. A surf advisory will remain in effect through early Thursday.

    Wednesday morning lots of people were heard talking about being awakened in the middle of the night by the wind and rain, but the system had cleared out for the most part by sunrise.

    Wind gusts:

    Waves could be up to 20 feet high in some places.  High tide was at 9:32 a.m. Wednesday and will hit again around midnight.

    The NBC Bay Area weather department said temperatures will stay on the colder side in the low 50s, adding snow levels could drop to near 2,000 - 2,500 feet.  They say we will see the pattern of isolated rain and a possible thunderstorm to continue through Thursday.
    The next storm is already developing offshore and will arrive Friday. This will bring the heaviest rain to the South Bay.
    Winter Weather Factoids from the weather guys:

    • Only eight days with rain since Jan. 1.
    • This week looks to be the wettest stretch since December.
    • La Nina pattern is peaking now and in expected to last into spring (That should produce more extremes in our weather).
    • Rain total from this week could bring more rain than all of 2011.

      Below comes courtesy BART spokesman Linton Johnson from the Oakland Hills.

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