Rain & Road Reports 1/4/17
Here are the rain totals from NWS for Big Sur. Note how high they were on the South Coast:
72 Hr Storm total rainfall Big Sur coast. #AtmosphericRiver
Anderson Peak 11.72
Mining Ridge 9.67
Chalk Peak 12.59
Three Peaks 13.17
Riverside Campground this morning, by Wendy Waters.
As of 1 pm, Cal Trans (CT) has no ETA on when they will be able to open the highway. I expect an update around dusk.
Here is a photo of the Big Sur River near the Lodge by Howard Jones:
Okay, now this is scary. This map shows a maximum of 45″ in the next 10 days. (See top of chart in white on right.) Yeah, in the brightest purple spots, which seems to include Big Sur.
10 am – Well, here you g0. The South Coast got hammered and it is still raining, although not as hard. FYI, I am between Chalk Peak and Three Peaks:
From Barbara Sexton, just before the Post Office:
Atmospheric River Explained:
8:30 am another yucky one from Lisa K – ashes to the ocean
8:3o am – Per Sander Koning: “There’s a new active slide right north of the Hawthorne home driveway east side of the highway.”
8 am – Black water coming out of Garrapata Creek. Photo by Lisa Kleissner:
6 am – I have received 5″ of rain, 3 of them since midnight. Currently raining at the rate of 1″ an hour. I think the meteorologists nailed this one.
In addition to the road being closed from Fuller’s (42.2 MM) and Ragged Point, there is this vehicle vs. slide at Ventana:
Incident: 00101 Type: Trfc Collision-No Inj Location: Sr1 / Ventana Loc Desc: SR1 / VENTANA, MM 44.9 Lat/Lon: 36.233742 -121.767075
6:11 AM 5  [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 CARMEL / 831-24-3827
6:10 AM 4  VEH IFO VENTANA
6:08 AM 3  VEH IS RENTAL / WILL NEED 1110
6:07 AM 2  VEH ON RS / FLASHERS ON
6:05 AM 1  VEH VS SLIDE