Rare Snow in Malibu

Locals surprised and delighted.

The first of a series of several storm systems moved into the Southern California region this weekend, bringing rain, hail and snow to many communities.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday that locals were surprised and delighted by the snow along Malibu Canyon, a key artery connecting the coast to the San Fernando Valley:

A rare dusting of snow in Malibu on Saturday surprised locals, with some drivers so delighted they pulled over to frolic in the foreign whiteness.

Officer Stephan Brandt of the California Highway Patrol said shortly after 5 p.m. his department received a report of multiple drivers stopping and parking near the Malibu Canyon Tunnel.
“They were playing in the snow,” said Brandt, who advised such activities were “dangerous” and unwise.

Local KTLA-5 reported:

A second weather system will bring the possibility of additional rain along with mountain snow at lower elevations from Sunday night through Tuesday.
Forecasters warned that the storm could have a “major impact” on Monday and Tuesday,” bringing widespread rain and significant snow in the mountains.


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Thanks to Don Wilkening and tomOmason for these links

10 thoughts on “Rare Snow in Malibu”

  1. Malibu snow is not very rare,But honestly is concerning seeing as it snowed on that part of the 37 degrees north latitude.

    • January average temperatures for Malibu. (from my aggregation of tourist weather sites)
      Winter, the temperatures range from the low 50s°F to the mid 60s°F.
      Spring, the temperature varies from the low 70s°F to the high 60s°F.
      Summer, the temperature varies about mid 70s°F.
      Fall, the temperature varies from the low 70s°F to the mid 60s°F.
      Malibu averages about 338 days of sunshine a year

      Malibu January averages (from http://w-weather.com/USA/Malibu/january/ )
      This site indicates that from 2009-2020, 0cm is the usual average snowfall in Malibu.
      Average Day Temperature: 65.2°F
      Average Night Temperature: 50.2°F
      Sea Water Temperature: 60.2°F
      Number of Sunny Days: 22 days
      Sunshine Hours: 9.9 – 10.5 hours
      Number of Rainy Days: 3 days
      Precipitation Totals: 2.6 in

      So to that end it is not very usual for snow to fall in Malibu to such an extent as shown in the above report.

  2. Back in the early 90s I knew a man who was a surfer and lived in Huntington Beach (if I remember correctly). He said that on one morning in the winter of 74 (73-74?) there was 4 inches of snow on the beach.

  3. and Biden is trying to convince the people there that snow is a thing of the past!! (that’s for the mountains, of course)

  4. Now at least I know why they keep calling it hail in normally warm places when it’s obviously snow. First, they don’t want to admit it’s snowing in the Sahara or wherever. Second, they claim it’s graupel, a type of “soft hail”. No, graupel is a type of snow, it’s like crushed styrofoam, tiny styrofoam balls. It also falls this way in freezing mountains. Graupel.

  5. Remember my grumbling about ‘where is my snow’? Could it have gone to Malibu, just to be annoying?

    Well, it finally showed up sometime last night, and this morning, here in the upper Midwest, west of Lake Michi Gamu, and the storm coming out of the southwest dumped (so far) four inches on my sidewalk and my front steps. Might be more if the storm keeps coming.

    Yay! Per the weatherman, it appears that there is more coming, too.

    My neighbor Luis was out with the snow shovels clearing out the mess on my front steps and the sidewalk. I don’t think he’s working full-time right now, so I gave him some cash to thank him. He’s a good guy.

  6. The Pacific Ocean in front of Malibu could freeze and the Hollywood-type inhabitants who dwell in Malibu will still say it’s ‘global warming’!

  7. Sure doesn’t look like driving around our vehicles in Florida has any effect on the climate of Malibu now, does it? Nor is snow a thing of the past!
    (as they told us 22 years ago)

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