Saturday, January 13, 2007

For those of us freezing in Oklahoma this weekend

Take heart: we're not alone. Even Southern Californians are freezing their butts off.
Post-midnight lows early Friday included 16 in Woodland Hills and 8 in some mountain areas of Los Angeles County, including Warm Springs and Sandberg.

The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Warning, effective from 1 a.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday, for the Santa Monica Recreational Area and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys -- areas where a "hard freeze" was expected .

A Freeze Warning is issued when temperatures are expected to dip to 28 degrees or lower for a period of two hours or more.

NWS forecasters said near-record low temperatures are possible Friday and Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles and other metropolitan and coastal areas of the city, and record lows are possible in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. The forecast for the Antelope Valley was for record or near- record lows.

The forecast highs through Saturday will range from the mid 40s to the mid 50s at low elevations and the 20s and 30s in mountain areas, along "very cold" lows -- below freezing, in some cases -- through Sunday morning.
Well, the forecast highs for tomorrow in the Los Angeles area actually seem like our seasonal averages for this time of year in the panhandle. But did you notice the 16 degree readng in Woodland Hills? That's something that almost never happens. As an aside, Woodland Hills is one of the communities that was beset with 110-plus temperatures during the period when we were visiting family in nearby O.C. Back when I lived in the O.C., I recall that we did get our cold snaps, and although I never saw any snow in the LA/OC basin during the decade I lived out there, it can occasionally happen (as can hard freezes).

I suspect it's a bit of an understatement to say that this can't possibly be good for the citrus crops in the region, or for those folks lacking shelter.

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