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SF weather alert: stock up for cocooning [UPDATED] 
3rd-Jan-2008 08:52 am
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From an email we got from our emergency planning manager at work:
I have reviewed the forecasts for the storms set to start tomorrow and gain intensity on Friday, and lasting through the weekend. It is indicated that these storms will be one of the largest single snow events in the Sierra since 1992 and that rain totals from four to eight inches are expected in Northern California.
Hey, Monkey — let's be sure to go by TJ's like we were planning and stock up on food. I doubt we'll want to go out much if it's as bad as they predict.

ETA:
From the National Weather Service — um, do they usually use terms like "sopping mess" and "wreak havoc"?
...A STRONGER STORM IS FORECAST TO AFFECT THE AREA ON FRIDAY.

THIS ONE IS FORECAST TO SLAM INTO THE NORTH COAST FRIDAY MORNING

AND SPREAD HEAVY RAIN FROM NORTH TO SOUTH DURING THE DAY. SOUTH OR

SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BLOW STRONG WITH SUSTAINED WINDS 30

TO 45 MPH AND GUSTS TO 60 MPH ACROSS THE DISTRICT. EVEN STRONGER

WINDS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HILLS AS A POWERFUL LOW LEVEL JET AIMS AT

THE COAST. 24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTALS (ENDING SATURDAY AT 4 AM) FROM THE

CNRFC GIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES TO THE VALLEYS AND LOW LANDS OF THE CWA

AND 3 TO 5 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN...AND EVEN A BULLSEYE OF

OVER 6 INCHES TO THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE SANTA LUCIAS! ADD THESE

NUMBERS TO THE PREVIOUS 24-HOUR TOTALS AND YOU GET CLOSE TO 10 INCHES

IN THE HIGHEST PEAKS AND A SOPPING MESS DISTRICT WIDE. ADD IN THE

STRONG WINDS AND YOU HAVE THE LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS TREES BEING

BLOWN DOWN. MAKE PREPARATIONS NOW...THESE STORMS WILL WREAK HAVOC

ACROSS THE STATE. HIGH SURF AND POSSIBLE COASTAL FLOODING WILL ALSO

BE AN ISSUE...SEE THE MARINE SECTION BELOW.
Oy.
Comments 
3rd-Jan-2008 05:07 pm (UTC) - I am glad you wrote this
Thank you.
3rd-Jan-2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Your post must have shamed them, for they removed those terms.

I am seriously considering taking tomorrow off and staying home. Walking to work two miles through pouring rain and gales of wind? I'm dedicated, but maybe not that dedicated, and I do have vacation time saved up.
3rd-Jan-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've been considering taking Monday off for that very reason.
3rd-Jan-2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
The local weather source I trust the most (KRON4) suggests Fri/Sat will be the worst, and Mon will be a break in the storm. Might be better to take tomorrow off instead (and either Tue/Wed next week, but that's far enough out that the models are vague).
3rd-Jan-2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
We're getting dire predictions like that down the San Diego way, as well. Of course, as always, our weathermongers whipped themselves into a frenzy for about twenty four hours, declaring this the worst storm in thirty years, then backed off with, "Well, the brunt of the storm appears to be aimed North of us...." So regardless of what the weather does, they've covered the "We told you so!" factor.

There's just so little weather down here, unless you count our mudslides and wildfires.
5th-Jan-2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
So, dammit! you are having REAL weather and I am missing it! I will miss my chance to be eating well off my earthquake stores and to give that "I Told You So" to Cypher in return for the fun he has made of my New England paranoid preparations.....

I havent checked the news yet, but if it hit, I'll bet half the trees in GG Park are down...

But, really, keep me posted, you all ARE ok?
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