Having lived in California for 14 years, I have never seen a storm like this during June. It is unheard of. Typically the rainy season has ended long ago, by this time of year.
The size of this monster storm is nearly 1,000 miles in diameter and is nearly perfectly symmetrical! Parts of California are currently getting pummeled with bands of record breaking rainfall for this time of year, while the storm is forecast to continue spinning its way east towards the coast. Thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday night and Sunday for central California, which again is very highly unusual for this part of the country this time of year.
The weather events lately around the country, and the world, have been extraordinary and exciting to observe, except for the tragedies that have resulted from some of the severe weather.
This particular storm looks to be so wrapped up, it appears similar to a hurricane in the visible satellite imagery from today. It is not a hurricane though. It is a very well defined low-pressure system. Picture Perfect. Something we would see here in January… not June.
June 4, 2011 Visible Satellite, California
From the National Weather Service:
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
847 PM PDT SAT JUN 4 2011
.DISCUSSION…AS OF 8:45 PM PDT SATURDAY…SATELLITE IMAGERY THIS
EVENING SHOWS A LARGE CYCLONIC CIRCULATION OFFSHORE CENTERED ABOUT
250 MILES WEST OF SAN FRANCISCO
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