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Davis dodges floods, but more rain coming

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March 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

A wet week

Davis received 2.01 inches of rain in the recent storm, with more on the way:

Thursday: 0.00

Friday: 0.02

Saturday: 0.73

Sunday: 1.06

Monday: 0.20

Source: UC Davis Land, Air & Water Resources Atmospheric Science Program

Flooding closed more than a dozen roads in Yolo County on Monday, but Davis roads are clear. At least for now.

Weekend storms dropped nearly two inches of rain on Davis and brought 50 mph wind gusts, according to data from the UC Davis Atmospheric Science Program and the National Weather Service, Sacramento.

More storms are on the way, however, according to AccuWeather forecasts. They will bring 1.5 inches of rain over the next two days. The forecast predicts rains through the weekend and into next week.

The National Weather Service, too, predicts rain for most of the next week, and issued a flood watch warning since two “moderate to strong” storms will hit this week. The first will strike today and go into Wednesday. The second will come Thursday and pass into Friday.

“Heavy rain will lead to rapid rises on small rivers and streams with potential that some of the smaller streams could overflow their banks,” according to the warning. “Flooding of low-lying areas in both urban and rural locations will be possible. Mud and rock slides will be possible.”

As of Monday afternoon, Davis had no problems with flooding, said interim Public Works Director Bob Clarke, but waters pulsing through the city’s drainage system and detention basins are “certainly running a lot higher.”

The biggest challenge with flooding typically comes with a prolonged rainstorm or storms backed up one against the other, Clark said.

High winds, like the ones over the weekend, bring an added risk since they can knock down power lines. That can kill the city’s water pumps, which can exacerbate flooding.

“That’s something we always get a little nervous about,” especially since you can’t predict when a tree’s going to fall, Clark said.

Yolo County shut down more than a dozen rural roads due to flooding, said Joe Tagliaboschi, public works superintendent. He was hoping to get most of the roads open Monday afternoon, but encouraged drivers to “respect the closure.”

“We haven’t had a chance to clean (the flooded roads), so we’re not exactly sure what’s on the road,” Tagliaboschi said. “We’re not sure of the damage that’s been done to a lot of these roads.”

The following roads were closed Monday afternoon:

* County Road 95 between Roads 25 and 27;

* County Road 25 between Roads 14 and 19;

* County Road 85 between Roads 25 and 27;

* County Road 95 between County Road 16 and State Highway 16;

* County Road 16 between Roads 86 and 88;

* County Road 19 between Roads 87 and 89;

* County Road 31 between County Road 93A and Buckeye Road;

* County Road 92E between Roads 29 and 31;

* County Road 29A between Roads 91B and 92E;

* County Road 22 from northbound Interstate 5 ramp to Woodland city limit;

* County Road 101 between Roads 17 and 15;

* County Road 96 between Roads 27 and 31.

— Reach Jonathan Edwards at jedwards@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8052.

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  • DavidMarch 22, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    "Weekend storms dropped nearly two inches of rain on Davis and brought 15 mph winds, according to data from the UC Davis Atmospheric Science Program." Is this a typo?

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  • JoeMarch 22, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    15 MPH winds? Um, you mean 50 I assume, and it was more like 60 from our weatherstation readings.

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  • Jonathan EdwardsMarch 22, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    No, this is not a typo, although I certainly understand the confusion. Find the data at http://atm.ucdavis.edu/weather/observations.php However, this is not the most accessible information, because it doesn't jibe with most of our personal experiences. I couldn't get a hold of anyone at the UC Davis Atmospheric Science Program to explain the data, but I did talk with Jim Mathews, a forecaster and meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento. The service's data shows similar numbers for the "resultant" windspeed for Saturday (16 mph) and Sunday (10 mph). However, the highest sustained windspeed for those days are 32 and 31 mph respective, with gusts at 48 and 47 mph. I will update the story with more accessible numbers.

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  • GregMarch 23, 2011 - 3:29 am

    I checked the UCD weather station in the midst of the storm and it reported peak gusts of 45 MPH, so that is consistent with other weather reports. The station is very well maintained and quite accurate.

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