posted on Nov, 29 2012 @ 05:52 PM
Im sure there is very little chance of a Super ARk
but if the current storm off the northwest coast did Frankenstein out,
California better hope it's nothing like the one that
hit November 10th 1861.
Some history from WeatherUnderground.
THE DELUGE OF DECEMBER 1861-JANUARY 1862
In 1860 the population of California was 380,000 according to the official U.S. census (this figure may not have included Chinese immigrants). There
are 38 million residents in the state now. In 1861 there was no formal weather service in existence, just a handful of individuals who kept data in
such places as San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, and Los Angeles (a small village at that time). San Francisco was far and away the largest city
in the state accounting for about 50,000 of the 380,000 state residents.
The first rain of the 1861-1862 season occurred on November 10th according to San Francisco records. By the end of November 4.10” of rain had
fallen, well above the average of 3.20”. The first half of December brought an additional 3.27” and then the rains began in earnest on December
23. Between then and January 22 an amazing 29.28” of rain was recorded in the city. An additional 1.35” fell the last of week of January (the
calendar month of January total being 24.36” and the Dec.-Jan. total being 33.90”) and February produced another 7.53”. San Francisco’s normal
annual rainfall is 22.28”. Sacramento recorded 23.68” during the two-month period of December-January (annual average is 19.87”). In San Diego
8.76” was recorded (annual average 10.77”) and estimates of 35” accumulated in the Los Angeles area (annual average 15.14”). In the Sierra
Nevada foothills truly extraordinary amounts of precipitation were reported including 102” in the mining town of Sonora over the two-month period.
Flooding that had begun during the December deluges increased in scope and intensity throughout January. The capital city of Sacramento was flooded by
ten feet of water and the new governor had to travel to his inauguration in a rowboat.