Posted by: mrpeatie | January 27, 2010

Last Week’s Southwestern Storm was the Strongest on Record

Last week an enormous and powerful low pressure system rocked the Southwest United States breaking all kinds of records for the area for rain totals, snowfall totals, tornadoes, and caused major flooding, mudslides, and even brought hurricane force winds (over 74mph) to several areas. The main record broken was the lowest pressure ever recorded over large swaths of states including Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah making it the strongest storm ever recorded in 140 years of record keeping.

Some other impressive events of this storm were the 5 tornadoes in spawned in unlikely areas like Southern California. Snowfall totals in the mountains of California and Arizona topped out at 7 feet.  As always, Dr. Jeff Masters breaks down the record breaking weather event in way more detail, but he doesn’t have this pretty radar image of the storm at the height of its fury.

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