Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

100-Year Storm On Tap? Not Quite, But Still Substantial

No, not even close. But I did hear yesterday on the news that this “strongest storm in 100 years” was tipping over semi trucks, toppling trees, knocking out power to thousands, shutting down airports and taking TV and radio stations off the air. I think more likely the reporter meant to say it was the strongest storm in 10 years with 100mph winds. Certainly this is a strong storm system, but yesterday’s unique situation was brought about by the strong storm plus the classic Santa Ana — we don’t need to worry about about 100+mph winds reaching out across the Plains, the Gulf Coast or the East Coast. Strong winds, yes; potentially damaging winds, yes; cold weather, certainly — but not the once-in-a-decade storm experienced yesterday in California and Utah.