An "Inside Slider Storm" Brings Rain To Much of California (2-13-12) Photo #8
An inside slider storm brought morning rain to our area in San Jose, CA and lasted into the afternoon hours with left over, spotty rain showers. Stratocumulus/rain clouds over the city, viewed from Fowler Rd facing westward.
An "inside slider storm" is to describe a weather, or storm system, that moves into California from the northwest, with the bulk of the system's energy moving inland toward the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin. These systems usually bring cool, breezy weather to Northern & Central California, but since the winds don't blow in from the ocean, the system usually produces only light precip. Sometimes when the storm system leaves our area, a surface high pressure builds strongly into the Great Basin, causing an offshore weather pattern to develop over our area, even sometimes with unseasonably warm temperatures and strong, dry winds that blow from the east or northeast.
(Monday, February 13, 2012; 1:49 p.m.)