Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF0
-- Length 1.07 Miles
-- Width 20 Yards
State CALIFORNIA
County/Area SANTA CRUZ
WFO MTR
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-12-22 06:59:00.0 PST-8
Begin Location 3S ELLICOTT
Begin Lat/Lon 36.88/-121.83
End Date 2012-12-22 07:02:00.0 PST-8
End Location 1SSE ELLICOTT
End Lat/Lon 36.9/-121.82
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 40.00K
Crop Damage 500.00K
Episode Narrative A series of storm systems, part of a large Atmospheric River type of pattern, impacted the area during late December 2012. From the 21st through 26th of December, heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding, and mudslides occurred across the Bay Area in these consecutive events. Downed trees, powerlines, and flooded roadways impacted residents over the Christmas holiday season. The event included a tornado touchdown on the coast of Santa Cruz County which brought extensive damage to portions of a greenhouse and flower growing operations. These storms followed a series of significant storms in late November and early December.
Event Narrative EF-0 tornado moved onshore from Monterey Bay into coastal Santa Cruz County in the early morning of December 22. The tornado caused tree damage and significant damage to commercial greenhouse structures at a large farm. Broken fiberglass panels and bent metal frame poles were observed at the greenhouse with debris thrown several dozen yards south of the damage path into adjacent fields. the tornado caused additional minor damage to 4 adjacent greenhouse structures. Debris was wrapped around electric poles south of the damage path. The greenhouse operators indicated that they lost 25 percent of their lisianthus flower crop, over 3,000 Gerbea crop, and 40,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Minor tree damage was observed along San Andreas Road nearby. Damage path was 1.07 miles and 20 yards wide. Damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado estimated at 75 MPH.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 2.924M 500.00K
(SFO)SFO INTL ARPT SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/21/2012 00:00 PST-8 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAMLET MARIN CO. CA 12/21/2012 12:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ELLICOTT SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/22/2012 06:59 PST-8 Tornado EF0 0 0 40.00K 500.00K
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) CA 12/22/2012 09:15 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 2.50K 0.00K
SCHELLVILLE ARPT SONOMA CO. CA 12/22/2012 14:25 PST-8 Heavy Rain 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) CA 12/22/2012 22:00 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) CA 12/22/2012 22:15 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
PENNGROVE SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 08:31 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... CA 12/23/2012 10:00 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 2.50K 0.00K
ANNAPOLIS SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 11:00 PST-8 Debris Flow 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
COTATI SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 11:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
PENNGROVE SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 11:16 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
SOQUEL SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 11:21 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
APTOS SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 12:00 PST-8 Debris Flow 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
GRATON SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 12:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
POSTS MONTEREY CO. CA 12/23/2012 12:00 PST-8 Debris Flow 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... CA 12/23/2012 12:00 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 8.50K 0.00K
YOUNTVILLE NAPA CO. CA 12/23/2012 12:15 PST-8 Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
YOUNTVILLE NAPA CO. CA 12/23/2012 12:15 PST-8 Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
SCHELLVILLE ARPT SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 13:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS (ZO... CA 12/23/2012 13:00 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
PENNGROVE SONOMA CO. CA 12/23/2012 14:46 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
MT HERMON SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 15:00 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
PALO ALTO ARPT SANTA CLARA CO. CA 12/23/2012 15:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 2.700M 0.00K
MT HERMON SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 16:45 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
PESCADERO SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/23/2012 17:15 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
SOQUEL SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 17:15 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
LOMA MAR SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/23/2012 17:30 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (ZONE) CA 12/23/2012 18:00 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY (ZONE) NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY (ZONE) CA 12/23/2012 18:15 PST-8 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MT HERMON SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 18:30 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
PESCADERO SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/23/2012 18:45 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
FELTON SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 19:00 PST-8 Debris Flow 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
MT HERMON SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 19:00 PST-8 Flood 0 0 2.50K 0.00K
PESCADERO SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/23/2012 19:00 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
FREEDOM SANTA CRUZ CO. CA 12/23/2012 19:15 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
PESCADERO SAN MATEO CO. CA 12/23/2012 20:15 PST-8 Flash Flood 0 0 0.50K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 2.924M 500.00K