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January 15, 2005:
9:20am: CalTrans has decided to shut down one lane of Interstate 15 northbound south of the Highway 79 exit in Temecula as a precaution, according to a story in The Californian this morning. A mudslide below the freeway onto the Temecula Creek golf course has undermined the road. A blocked drainpipe caused rainwaters to saturate the soil instead of running off. The lane may be closed two weeks while CalTrans repairs the slope.
Other roads that remain closed include Pauba Road east of Temecula, Pala Road south of Temecula (repairs there are underway), and the Ortega Highway between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano.
January 10, 2005:
1:10pm: A feature story on this weekend's heavy rainfall has been posted.
January 9, 2005:
5:20pm: A particularly heavy band of rain is currently hitting the Riverside and San Diego Counties, accompanied with wind gusts to 30 mph. Lightning and thunder have been reported from multiple sources, and the power in the Temecula Valley and the Menifee Valley has fluctuated with a couple of the lightning hits.
WeatherCurrents' mobile site has been updated today with increased forecast information, as well as some of the past weather information. This is the first real update in quite some time.
Installation of the Lake Elsinore weather station began yesterday in spite of the rain. With some luck, perhaps weather data will be on the site for Lake Elsinore as early as next weekend.
January 6, 2005:
9:20am: The owner and operator of, John Toman, was interviewed this week for a radio program that will air this Sunday between 7:00am and 7:30am on local Temecula radio stations 94.5 and 103.3.
This morning's earthquake felt in parts of southwestern Riverside County at about 6:35am was 4.4 on the richter scale and centered in Fontana up in San Bernardino County. See the Southern California Earthquake Data Center for details.
January 3, 2005:
8:50am: The De Luz weather site is now online, representing weather in the hills west of Temecula and north of Fallbrook.
December 30, 2004:
11:00am: Rainfall in the Temecula Valley in the past two months is about equal to a normal entire season. Normally, January through March is the wettest period of the year, and those three months are still ahead.
Highway 79 south was reopened yesterday at around 5pm, according to a report by Jim Sappington.
December 29, 2004:
9:30am: The latest storm has caused mudslides, downed trees and other problems in the Temecula Valley this morning. Highway 79 south has been closed near Anza Road (at the bridge over Temecula Creek) this morning due to a mudslide. Wind gusts were in excess of 50mph in the 1am hour last night, and rainfall for the storm in in excess of three inches. Jim Sappington contributed to this report.
December 23, 2004:
8:30am: A serendipitous series of events in De Luz should lead to a WeatherCurrents weather site for the hills west of Temecula in early January. Sue and Dave Painter have purchased a compatible weather station and are planning on hooking it into the WeatherCurrents network after it's installed. This is great news for a few of you that have been asking over the years if we could put a station out there. It also should provide a contrast to weather in the Temecula Valley since the weather up in De Luz, La Cresta, and the Santa Rosa Plateau is generally milder than in the valley.
December 21, 2004:
1:12pm: 2003's Mountain fire was finally determined to have been caused by a wellhead electrical malfunction on De Portola Road, east of Temecula.
December 10, 2004:
12:00pm: Links to the National Weather Service's soaring forecast have been restored on all of the sites. They had been previously lost in the NWS web site redesign this past summer.
December 8, 2004:
7:15am: The Press-Enterprise reported yesterday (note: registration required to read the story) that the fire season has officially ended in southern California, something that was widely expected after the frequent rainfall. In northern California, the fire season had been declared over in October.
December 1, 2004:
10:20pm: Frost Warning: For the third morning in a row, widespread frost is predicted in the Temecula, Menifee and San Jacinto valleys.
12:10pm: For the first time, served up more than 100,000 page views in a month. and its weather sites were accessed a record 111,527 times in November. November also saw the daily record fall; 12,414 pages were viewed on November 21st.
A record low temperature was recorded this morning in Murrieta, with 28.4°F.
November 30, 2004:
10:13pm: Frost/Freeze Warning: For the second morning in a row, several hours of freezing temperatures and widespread frost are predicted in the Temecula, Menifee and San Jacinto valleys.
3:12pm: This morning was the coldest in more than two and half years in southwest Riverside County. This morning's low of 28.6°F in Temecula was the coldest since 25.4°F was recorded on January 31, 2002. Michael Mojarro reported 27.1°F in northeastern Temecula this morning. Murrieta's low was 28.7°F and Menifee Valley recorded a chilling 26.4°F. Temperatures were below freezing for several hours this morning in the Temecula and Menifee valleys.
12:05pm: Installation of sites in Wildomar and Lake Elsinore have been delayed until January, 2005, mainly due to time constraints.

Potential volunteers have been identified for Escondido and Riverside, so it's likely that those will proceed sometime in the first half of 2005.

November 29, 2004:
8:42pm: Frost/Freeze Warning: A cold night is in store, and frost is predicted to be widespread in the Riverside and San Diego valleys tomorrow morning. Temperatures in the 20's are possible.

Because temperatures may be below freezing for more than a couple of hours in some spots, a freeze warning is in effect. Some sensitive plants may not survive without protection.

November 21, 2004:
7:45am: Snowfall has been confimed this morning all across southwest Riverside County, with accumulations of an inch or more in places. Read the new feature story on this morning's widespread snowfall.
7:45am: Snow!? The latest storm has hit with an incredible, freak white surprise. The snow (actually it may be graupel, we will investigate) is widespread and reports have it falling since 5am all across the Temecula Valley. It's been mixed with rain since early this morning.
November 9, 2004:
6:25am: If you've recorded rainfall from Sunday and Monday's storm in northern San Diego County or western Riverside Counry, please submit your totals and we will publish them here tomorrow. Please include your location (including major cross streets).
November 7, 2004:
The web site may be unavailable tonight between 9pm and 10pm for system maintenance.
November 5, 2004:
WeatherCurrents' fifth site, Menifee Valley, covering Menifee and Sun City, has been released. Custom graphics will follow.

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