The death toll has risen to 15 after heavy rains forced mud and debris through Montecito, near Santa Barbara, downing power lines, destroying homes and closing Highway 101 indefinitely.
A North Carolina “swamp park” has posted a video explaining how alligators survive in a frozen pond and it’s both creepy and bizarre. The cold-blooded devils essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place, with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted on Facebook by Shallotte River Swamp Park.
A San Diego Coast Guard crew rescued a family of five and their dogs after they had become trapped in their houses during mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California, on January 9,2017. The mother, father, seven-year-old son, three-year-old daughter, a newborn baby and two dogs were transported to a staging area with Santa Barbara County emergency crews.
Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout Southern California and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires. At least five people died as rescue personnel scrambled through clogged roadways and downed trees and houses.
With steady rain over the past few days, a tree in the 2200 block of American Avenue couldn’t stand any longer and came down on a Honda just outside the owner’s house The tree, which was also on his property, took down an AT&T phone line when it fell. City crews cleaned up the mess.
Sacramento Fire Boat and Rescue crews were one scene Tuesday morning for a water rescue at the north end of Railroad Boulevard. Rising waters trapped individuals on an island under the Garden Highway overcrossing.
A storm delivered 2.38 inches of rain to downtown Sacramento on Monday, the most on Jan. 8 since the NWS began recording data in 1877. This video from Public Safety News shows city workers clearing leaves caught in storm drains, an RT bus going through a flooded area near the 65th Street light rail station and a Sacramento police car being towed after going through the same flooded area.
Security Footage Captures Gas Explosion in Montecito, California
Security camera footage captured the moment of a gas-main explosion in the early hours of January 9 in Montecito, California, as the region battled flooding and mud flow. Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said that a gas main break earlier in the morning started a fire. He also said there were reports of missing people.
The rain was pouring down Monday, Jan. 8 in Sacramento’s Fremont Park as California’s first big storm of the year brought substantial rain.
Frostbite can occur on exposed body parts in extreme cold. The colder the temperatures or the stronger the wind, the faster frostbite will occur, according to the National Weather Service.
These cold, dense blobs of air can block precipitation from reaching land, leading to unseasonable dry spells in places like California.
The first Sierra snow survey confirms slow a start to winter 2017-2018. When the measurements were done, the Department of Water Resources reported the dismal numbers: just 1.3 inches of snow on average, and a “snow water content” of 0.4 inches. That was 3 percent of average for early January.
Two approaching storms aren’t impressive, but we’ll take it. Starting Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service says the region will see some light rain and high elevation snow shower on and off through Friday.
A supermoon was observed across the world on New Year’s Day, January 1, with video here showing the supermoon rising over Reno, Nevada. This video was captured by a Nevada Seismological Laboratory camera overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Bubbles blown from a store-bought bubble solution freeze in sub-zero temperatures.
Dogs in Erie, Pennsylvania, frolicked in a wintry wonderland after record-levels of snow. The area has seen 56.5 inches of snow since Christmas Eve.
At Lake Superior on Tuesday, the air temperature was a frigid below-10° F and the water temperature was warmer at 38° F. With such a difference in temperature, the warmer condensation above the lake mixed with the cold air from the land and created sea smoke.