The storm that passed over the Westside on Monday brought more than rain, as Newman resident Edulia Guzman captured an image of a funnel cloud on Monday.
Guzman lives in the 1700 block of Yellowstone Park Court and noticed the funnel cloud forming around 1:40 p.m. Monday.
“It was right behind my house over an open field,” Guzman said.
Guzman said her son, Luis Guzman Jr., came home and said “there was a tornado behind the house.”
“We were really excited, but honestly we thought about our dogs being outside, so we got them in and then it started to rain really hard,” Guzman said.
A funnel cloud is a rotating column of air that can be seen because of the condensation. If a funnel cloud reaches all the way to the ground, it is then classified as a tornado, according to AccuWeather.
The Newman and Gustine area will see cloudy conditions for the rest of the week, with the chance of more rain starting on Tuesday.
In the Sierra Nevada’s, it was a white Christmas as record snowfall blanketed the mountains and provided much-needed insurance to the depleted California snowpack.
California typically receives 90% of its rain and snowfall between early October and late April, which sets the stage for how water supplies will be balanced in the year ahead. The amount of water California receives from the snowpack is imperative in meeting the diverse water needs of unique regions found throughout the State — especially in the summer and fall — for everything from farming to drinking.
At the beginning of December, the statewide snowpack sat at just 19% of normal for the date following two straight years of drought conditions. December has provided relief, however, with wet conditions which first began with storms two weeks ago. Following the mid-month rainfall, the snowpack jumped from 19% to 76% of normal for the date according to the Department of Water Resources.
Following this weekend’s wild weather, the statewide snowpack now sits at 159% of normal for the date. The Central Sierra snowpack is now 166% of normal, and it’s been a wet few months for the San Joaquin Hydrologic Region, which includes the Tuolumne River Watershed and Don Pedro Reservoir. Since Oct. 1, DWR says the region has received 173% of normal precipitation. Don Pedro now sits at 53% capacity and 78% of the reservoir’s historical average.
Donner Pass in the Sierra received a record-breaking amount of snow, with UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory tweeting they received 38.9 inches of snow in just 24 hours. That helped smash the previous December record of 179 inches, set in 1970, with a total of 193.7 inches — and more on the way. DWR’s first snow survey is set for Dec. 30, which will reveal the month’s totals.