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2008 New Years Storms

A stormy and turbulent weather pattern helped ring in the New Year as an unprecedented storm impacted much of the West Coast. A series of storm systems moved through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas beginning January 3rd and ending January 6th. The strongest storm made landfall on January 4th and happened to be one of the strongest storms in the last ten years.  All kinds of weather was observed during this period including wind gusts in excess of 100 mph that brought trees and powerlines down, flooding due to heavy rainfall, high surf at the coast and even snow over the higher peaks.  Below is a sampling of some of the weather that was observed.
24 Rainfall Totals
24hr rainfall
24hr rainfall
24hr rainfall
4 AM Jan 3rd
to 4 AM Jan 4th
4 AM Jan 4th
to 4 AM Jan 5th
4 AM Jan 5th
to 4 AM Jan 6th
carmel flood

Rainfall Totals

Contra Costa County  
Bald Peak, Tilden Park 5.36”
St. Mary’s College 5.50”
Mt. Diablo Park HQ 5.34”
Walnut Creek 5.38”
Danville Library 5.93”
Mt. Diablo Peak 5.55”
Highland Peak 5.31”
Marsh Creek Fire 5.14”
Napa County  
Angwin 6.32”
Mt. Veeder 6.38”
Redwood@Mt. Veeder 5.24”
Dry Creek Fire 6.86”
St. Helena@Sulphur Ck. 5.79”
St. Helena 4WSW 5.64”
Petrified Forest 5.24”
Mt. St. Helena 5.99”
Yountville Cross Rd. 5.99”
Marin County  
Pt. Reyes 5.99”
Kentfield 6.42”
Novato Creek 11.23”
Mill Valley 3.54”
Dillon Beach 3.98”
Sonoma County  
Petaluma Washington Ck. 3.85”
Petaluma Willow Brook 3.05”
Petaluma Wilson 4.33”
Petaluma Lichau Creek 4.45”
Petaluma Middle Two Rk 5.00”
Petaluma La Cresta 4.69”
Petaluma Liberty Road 3.74”
Monterey County  
Big Sur River nr Big Sur 3.66”
Black Cone 10.35”
Blanco Circle 5.63”
San Antonio RSVR 2.76”
3-Peaks 13.11”
White Rock 7.99”
Central 9.69”
Mustange Ridge 2.4”
Pinyon Peak 8.23”
Pico Blanco 4.56”
Pt. Pinos 3.34”
Ponciano 13.03”


Chalk Peak 6.11”
Chews Ridge 7.35”
Fremont Peak 4.53”
Gloria Grade 2.64”
Los Padros Dam 10.75”
Mining Ridge 15.99”
Mt. Madonna 6.34”
Mt. Toro 3.47”
Anderson Peak 9.29”
carmel river paking lot flooded
Carmel River Beach Parking Lot
photo courtsey of Steve Markkanen

Wind Speeds

S = Sustained
G = Gusts

Highest Gusts:
110 mph Kregor Peak ( Contra Costa County)
88 mph ( Angel Island, SF Bay)
83 mph Big Rock RAWS (Marin County)

SF trees down
San Francisco, Noe & 20th
photo courtsey of Michael Polansky
San Francisco
G70 9:09 am Golden Gate Bridge
G65 8:00/ 9:00 am Ft Funston
G64 9:00 am San Francisco
G58 9:00/ 10:00 am Mission Bay
North Bay Coast

S45 7:00 am Bodega Bay
G81 mph 3:20 am Pt Reyes Lighthouse
G72 3:18 am Inverness
G62 11:00 am Valley Ford
G58 7:00 am Bodega Bay Profiler

North Bay Valleys
S40 mph 7:00 am Mt Tam (762 ft)
G58 mph 4:29/ 6:29 am Barnaby RAWS (810 ft)
North Bay Mountains

S42 mph 5:56 am Hawkeye RAWS (2024 ft)
S40 7:00 am Mt Tamalpais
G83 mph 6:33 am Big Rock RAWS (1500 ft)
G75 8:00/ 9:00 am Mt Tamalpais
G70 11:32 am Middle Peak RAWS (2332 ft)


SF Bay Shoreline

S53 mph 7:59 am SFO
G67 8:47 am SFO
G58 12:44 pm OAK

San Francisco Peninsula Coast

S58 mph 10:00 am Pillar Pt
S48 7:09 am Pigeon Pt
G81 mph 10:00 am Pillar Pt
G66 8:09 am Pigeon Pt

East Bay Valleys

S41 mph 10:00 am Bethel Isl
G69 mph 12:00 pm Sunol
G60 9:00/ 10:00 am Bethel Island

East Bay Hills

S71 mph 9:00/ 10:00 am Kregor Peak
S55 9:39 am Calaveras RAWS
S51 9:18 am Los Vaqueros RAWS
S42 11:33 am Oakland North RAWS
G110 mph 11:00 am Kregor Peak
G79 9:39 am Calaveras RAWS
G70 10:18 am Los Vaqueros RAWS
G68 11:33 am Oakland North RAWS

Santa Cruz Mountains

S57 mph 12:32 pm Los Gatos RAWS (1842 ft)
G105 mph 11:32am+ Los Gatos RAWS (1842 ft)
G60 8:48 am CW19 Los Gatos (1296 ft)
G56 11:50 am Ben Lomond RAWS (2598 ft)

Santa Clara Valley
G51 mph 2:31 pm San Martin
cypress tree down
Carmel Beach Cypress Tree
Monterey Bay / Big Sur Coast

S49 mph 9:30 am Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab
S45 7:00 am Granite Canyon NPS
S45 5:15 am Pt Sur Lightstation (328 ft)
S45 mph 5:15 am Pt Sur Lightstation (328 ft)

Santa Lucia Mountains

S44 mph 8:43 am Chew’s Ridge (5045 ft)
S41 8:00 am Highlands Peak (2490 ft)
G76 mph 6:55 am Chew’s Ridge (5045 ft)
G62 9:00 am+ Highlands Peak (2490 ft)

pebble beach trees down
Pebble Beach Wind Damage
monterey bay buoy plot

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