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Rainy Times With Inside Slider Storms Impact San Jose, CA (February 2012)

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Published on Feb 18, 2012

Watch in high quality (480p). In this video, it shows our area of San Jose, CA receive a relatively moderate, but not major storm system that brought more beneficial, but not a large quantity, of rainfall during the early period of month of February 2012. (The storm lasted from February 6-7, 2012) The drops were pretty large at times. During the early morning hours on the 7th, the winds picked up dramatically within minutes as the cold front of this storm system crossed through our area.

Later in the video, it shows a couple of "inside slider" storms impact our area during the middle of this month.

An "inside slider storm" is to describe a weather, or storm system, that moves into California from the northwest, with the bulk of the system's energy moving inland toward the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin. These systems usually bring cool, breezy weather to Northern & Central California, but since the winds don't blow in from the ocean, the system usually produces only light precip. Sometimes when the storm system leaves our area, a surface high pressure builds strongly into the Great Basin, causing an offshore weather pattern to develop over our area, even sometimes with unseasonably warm temperatures and strong, dry winds that blow from the east or northeast.

The first inside slider storm arrived in our area by Monday of February 13, 2012. This storm actually brought the most rainfall for this month. Heavier rainfall occurred from late morning to early afternoon before easing by 1ish p.m. During the afternoon, daytime heating made some formations of more storm cells, bringing in more showers and rain showers, possibly thundershowers, to the area. Any lingering showers dissipated and left the area before nightfall.

The 2nd inside slider storm system arrived to our area by Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the day after Valentine's Day. Unluckily, this 2nd storm didn't have any precipitation to help us out with the drought. It was mostly just a wind maker, especially for SoCal. Wind advisories was issued this day for a good portion of parts of Central and SoCal. Sustained northerly winds of 20-25 mph with higher gusts occurred here in San Jose, CA.

It appeared that the rest of this month looked dry and no rain in sight. It appears that California was still at big risk for drought and hard times of water supply coming later this year, especially summer. This month was indeed the month we should get the MOST rainfall out of the entire year, yet we only got a mere 1/3 of the average rainfall for this month of February which is at 3.22 inches. We didn't even make the 1 inch mark. Pray that March and April will bring our last chance of rain, if any!

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