Ventura County Makes It Through Another Storm Without Any Major Problems

Tuesday January 15, 2019

(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News of County EOC and sandbagged Ventura hillside home)

For official information https://www.vcemergency.com/ 

For rainfall totals https://www.vcwatershed.net/fws/gmap.html 

Update---The latest storm that moved through Ventura County Tuesday was, to put it in the words of the National Weather Service forecast discussion Tuesday evening, "disappointing".

The high-intensity rain that had been forecast never materialized as rainfall rates stayed below the all-important threshold of a half-inch per hour.

The good news was that the rainfall rates stayed below the all-important threshold of a half-inch per hour and there were no major problems in the burn areas.

Tuesday's storm was not a disappointment when it comes to needed rain for our area.

It delivered a steady 1-3 inches of rain to much of western Ventura County including the Ojai Valley, the Santa Clara River Valley, and the watersheds that surround them.

The east county recorded far less, maybe a quarter to a half inch in most areas.

But that was just as well because it spared the newly scared Woolsey burn areas in Ventura County from any significant problems.

With the exception of the south coast and Matilija Canyon, all of the mandatory evacuation orders were lifted or became voluntary by early evening and many of the voluntary evacuation orders were lifted entirely.

There is one more storm that is due in Wednesday afternoon through Thursday and without sounding like the "boy who cried wolf" the National Weather Service says that storm could be the one to cause problems because it will tap into an atmospheric river of warmer moisture and more unstable air.

Some of the mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders lifted after Tuesday's storm could be reinstated Wednesday afternoon for this last storm.

Once the Wednesday-Thursday storm moves through, we are looking at least a week's worth of dry weather.

Here is the latest rundown of rainfall totals from Tuesday's storm...

.VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL
 SATICOY........................... 1.14
 OXNARD - NWS...................... 1.12
 SILVERSTRAND BEACH................ 1.10
 VENTURA........................... 1.02
 CAMARILLO (KCMA).................. 0.98
 LA CONCHITA....................... 0.71
 CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS............... 0.35
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY W. VLYS
 MATILIJA DAM...................... 2.21
 STATION CANYON.................... 1.28
 LAKE CASITAS...................... 1.26
 SOUTH MOUNTAIN.................... 0.97
 FAGAN CANYON...................... 0.83
 STEWART CANYON.................... 0.83
 OJAI.............................. 0.76
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY E. VLYS
 FILLMORE.......................... 1.04
 THOUSAND OAKS..................... 0.94
 CIRCLE X RANCH.................... 0.51
 MOORPARK.......................... 0.45
 WESTLAKE VILLAGE.................. 0.44
 PIRU.............................. 0.44
 NEWBURY PARK...................... 0.38
 ROCKY PEAK........................ 0.35
 CHEESEBORO........................ 0.32
 SYCAMORE CANYON DAM............... 0.20
 SIMI VALLEY....................... 0.19
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY MTNS
 OLD MAN MOUNTAIN.................. 2.68
 ROSE VALLEY....................... 2.28
 NORDHOFF RIDGE.................... 1.97
 NORTH FORK MATILIJA............... 1.84
 ORTEGA HILL....................... 1.37
 WHITE LEDGE PEAK.................. 1.26
 HUNGRY VALLEY..................... 0.59
 ALAMO MOUNTAIN.................... 0.48
 LOCKWOOD VALLEY................... 0.39
 CHUCHUPATE........................ 0.17
 APACHE CANYON..................... 0.08