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Bakersfield Power Outages Caused by Weather


September 3, 2017 - Thunderstorm Wind

California Highway Patrol reported power lines downed across Stockdale Highway west of Rosedale from strong thunderstorm winds.

Calders Corner - Calders Corner
September 3, 2017 - Thunderstorm Wind

California Highway Patrol reported power lines were downed by thunderstorm winds across the northbound lanes of State Route 184 near Sunset Blvd 3 miles south of Lamont.

Weed Patch - Weed Patch
September 3, 2017 - Debris Flow

California Highway Patrol reported State Route 99 was closed in both directions for about an hour due to power poles downed by thunderstorm wind gusts and a mud slide onto the road near Panama Lane in Bakersfield.

Venola - Venola
January 5, 2017 - Flood

Kern County Department of Highways reported flooding in Lake Isabella at the intersection of Lake Isabella Road and Erskine Creek Road. Power poles were also reported leaning due to erosion in this area.

Kernvale - Kernvale
September 23, 2011 - Thunderstorm Wind

A severe thunderstorm toppled a tree and a power pole. In Bakersfield 3723 customers lost power.

Bakersfield East - Bakersfield East


March 6, 2019

A strong and very moist upper low pressure system approached the central California coast on March 5. This system pulled up a deep fetch of moisture of sub-tropical origin which pushed into the area during the evening of March 5 then stalled over the southern portion of central California during the morning of March 6 as a strong southwest upper jet was overhead. This resulted in widespread heavy precipitation over Kern County with moderate to locally heavy precipitation further north over an already saturated ground producing widespread flooding, debris flows, rock slides and mud slides across the area. Several roads were closed as a result of the flooding. Thunderstorms broke out during the afternoon producing additional moderate to locally heavy rainfall. Much of the Southern Sierra Nevada picked up between 2 and 4 inches of liquid precipitation with the snow level running between 8000 and 8500 feet for much of the event. Between 1 to 3 inches of rain fell in the adjacent foothills and across the Kern County Mountains. Kelso Creek to the southeast of Lake Isabella filled up that a potential levee breach led to an evacuation of the communities of Weldon Valley Ranchos, Valley Estates and Power Tracts within the town of Kelso Creek. State Route 178 was closed in Kern Canyon for two days due to a rock slide. Much of the San Joaquin Valley and Kern County Deserts picked up between a half inch and an inch of rain while locally heavier amounts fell in the south end of the San Joaquin Valley and across the Indian Wells Valley, and as a result road flooding was widespread in Kern County.

July 22, 2013

The high pressure ridge over the region began to rebuild once again by July 17th. The flow aloft remained southwesterly, and skies remained generally clear until the 18th. Some development of convective clouds (i.e., mainly in the form of cumulus clouds) returned to the higher elevations of the southern Sierra Nevada by July 19th, then began to increase the 20th as the flow aloft turned more southerly and brought more moisture over the central California interior. By the 21st, the mountains and desert were once again under the influence of southeasterly monsoonal flow, and showers and thunderstorms returned. One thunderstorm that moved through Grant Grove knocked down a few trees and power lines.||Even more active weather occurred in the Kern and Tulare County mountains, as well as the Kern County desert on July 22nd. During this time, monsoonal moisture was abundant with increased atmospheric instability which led to the issuance of some flash flood warnings in the Kern and Tulare County mountains and even a flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning in the Kern County desert. Flash flooding due to slow moving thunderstorms occurred at several locations, including Pine Mountain Club, Johnsondale (in the Tulare County mountains), and in the Kern County desert south of Ridgecrest, along Red Rock-Randsburg Road, a favored locale for flash flooding due to the topography in this area. This desert road was shut down during the late afternoon and evening hours due to both flooding and debris flow. Garlock Road near Randsburg also flooded, just west of the junction with U.S. 395, and U.S. 395 was closed north of Johannesburg due to flooding. Around one inch to one and a half inches of rain fell in a relatively short period of time in these areas, with Pine Mountain Club getting 1.86 inch of rain in less than an hour, and hail up to a half inch in diameter fell near Pine Mountain Club. In addition, some thunderstorms drifted from the southern Sierra Nevada into the foothills, and eventually the San Joaquin Valley. Both Fresno and Lemoore reported thunderstorms at their airports, and a thunderstorm passed over the National Weather Service office at Hanford during the afternoon. ||Monsoonal moisture tracked northward on the 23rd, and Merced reported some light rain as showers passed over the area. Thunderstorms initiated over southeastern Tulare County, and parts of the Kern County mountains, including the Piute Mountains and Walker Pass during the afternoon. A flash flood warning was even issued for the Piute Mountains by late in the afternoon as a strong thunderstorm developed over this area and produced heavy rain.||The monsoonal moisture continued to wrap around the upper-level level ridge over the Desert Southwest. The flow around the ridge brought repeated surges of this warm moist air, with mountain and desert thunderstorms continuing through July 28th. Debris clouds from mountain thunderstorms moved over parts of the southern San Joaquin Valley on the 26th, bringing light rain. Bakersfield recorded a trace of rain, but this was the first rain to fall in that city since records began in 1889,||Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of the Indian Wells Valley during the evening of July 27th. Small hail fell on southwest Ridgecrest. The next day, outflow winds from a collapsing thunderstorm caused a gust to 46 mph on part of the China Lake Naval Weapons Test Center range. Another thunderstorm brought heavy rain to the southern Tulare County mountains. The Mahogany RAWS in the southern Tulare County mountains received 2.24 inch of rain from the storm.||Fresno ended July with an average temperature of 87.1 degrees, for its 3rd warmest July on record. Bakersfield was slightly warmer with an average temperature of 87.6 degrees, tying its 6th warmest July since records began.

July 2, 2013

This month began with very hot temperatures for most locations throughout the central California interior as strong high pressure continued to dominate. Highs reached near 110 degrees in many San Joaquin Valley locations with overnight lows dropping only into the upper 70s to low 80s until the 4th. In fact, Bakersfield did reach 110 degrees on the 2nd, with a low temperature of only 83 degrees (2 degrees shy of the record high minimum for the date). Record high minimum temperatures were reached in Bakersfield on July 1st and 3rd, and in Fresno on the 2nd and 3rd. Thunderstorms developed over the high country of the southern Sierra Nevada and the Kern County deserts. Outflow winds from collapsing thunderstorms hit Ridgecrest during the morning of July 2nd, with gusts estimated at 75 mph knocking down trees and power lines, and damaging roofs. Pea-size hail fell at the White Wolf campground in Yosemite National Park during the afternoon of July 3rd.||By the 5th, intrusions of marine air filtered into the San Joaquin Valley but remained north of Fresno, especially at Pacheco Pass and Merced. It was enough to dry to the airmass so that locations were much cooler at night, but daytime high temperatures continued to remain from the upper 90s to around 100 degrees in most southern and central San Joaquin Valley locations. Although some weakening of the upper-level ridge occurred during the July 5th through the 7th, high pressure continued to remain in control over much of the region for the first half of the month.||By July 8th, high pressure began to rebuild over the region. High temperatures and nighttime lows trended back upward until around the 9th before they slightly moderated on July 10th. On the 10th, there was mid-level cloud cover over the region, which brought showers and thunderstorms to the Kern County desert areas, Tehachapi Mountains, southern Sierra Nevada, and even some sprinkles to parts of the San Joaquin Valley. This weather was due to an influx of monsoonal moisture from the southeast as the axis of the prevailing ridge of high pressure shifted to southern Nevada.||From the 12th until the 15th, high pressure remained in control with little change in temperatures over the region. A typical summer southwest flow aloft prevailed, allowing thunderstorm activity to remain confined over the Sierra Nevada crest.||A break in the long string of above normal temperatures finally ended by the 16th for some valley locations as a fairly strong push of marine air filtered into the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, Fresno recorded 19 consecutive days of maximum temperatures of 100 degrees or greater from June 27th until July 15th, and this ties for the 4th longest period of consecutive days of triple digit temperatures (see table below).

September 23, 2011

On the evening of the 15th, a significant marine push occurred and moved well inland toward the west side of the central San Joaquin Valley as an upper-level trough moved onshore; Pacheco Pass experienced a 42 mph wind gust that evening. That gust prompted a wind advisory that was issued during that evening for the west side of the San Joaquin Valley for Fresno and Merced Counties. Temperatures on the 16th fell several degrees from the previous day, including in the San Joaquin Valley. The trough remained over the region through the 17th. Temperatures were several degrees normal on both of these days, with highs in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley only in the mid to upper 80s for high temperatures, and upper 80s to lower 90s in the desert areas of eastern Kern County. ||The upper-level ridge returned to interior central California by the 18th. Temperatures rose to a few degrees above average by the 19th. The weather has remained mainly dry through September 22nd, with mainly cumulus cloud buildups over the southern Sierra Nevada crest. ||Off the coast of California, a low-pressure system developed within the ridge and drifted toward the coast. By September 23rd, the flow around this low drew subtropical moisture into southern and central California. The ridge remained the dominant large-scale feature over central California, bringing unseasonably warm weather to the region. Fresno had a high of 101 degrees on the 23rd, the third, and last, time Fresno say triple digits in September. With a very warm and unstable airmass, thunderstorms developed across the region. Although there was moisture in the mid-level of the atmosphere, the lowest levels remained dry, and the thunderstorms were mostly dry with numerous lightning strikes. The lightning triggered several wildfires in Kern County, with a few fires started in Tulare County. Outflow winds from the thunderstorms toppled power poles in northeast Bakersfield, knocking out power to over three thousand people. In the Mojave Desert northeast of Mojave, winds blew a big rig over on State Route 58. ||Clouds from the showers and thunderstorms remained over the central California interior through September 24th, keeping low temperatures unseasonably warm. Fresno set record high minimum temperature records on both the 23rd and 24th.|A strong cold front moved into central California on September 25th, bringing sharp drops in temperature. The highs at Bakersfield and Fresno on the 24th were 97 degrees; the next day, the high at Bakersfield was only 80 and Fresno was only a degree warmer. The unseasonably cold airmass lingered over the region the next two days, slowly mixing out. A weak upper-level ridge boosted high temperatures over the central and southern San Joaquin Valley into the mid to upper 90s on September 29th, but highs fell back to near normal the next day. A weak surge of monsoonal moisture at the end of the month brought isolated thunderstorms to the Southern Sierra Nevada crest. ||Bakersfield had five days in September with highs at or above 100 degrees, and Fresno had 3 triple-digit days. For the summer, through the end of September, Bakersfield had 30 days with highs at or above 100 degrees, while Fresno had 28 days. The average temperature for September was 80.3 degrees at both Bakersfield and Fresno. This was the third warmest September on record for Fresno, while Bakersfield tied for its ninth warmest September on record.

July 15, 2010

In the Southern Sierra Nevada, showers and thunderstorms brought a 2-day total of 0.38 inch of rain (from the 15th through the 16th) to Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park. 0.04 inch of rain fell at Mountain Mesa on the south shore of Lake Isabella on July 15th, and hail was reported covering the ground near Florence Lake on the 16th.|A strong thunderstorm developed over northwestern San Bernardino County during the|afternoon of July 15th. As the thunderstorm collapsed, outflow winds as high as 60 mph roared through the southeastern Kern County desert, affecting Edwards AFB, Boron and Rosamond. Power lines were knocked down, and roof damage was reported at the Base. Outflow winds generated secondary showers and thunderstorms over the Kern County deserts during the evening of the 15th. The National Test Pilots School in Mojave reported 0.70 inch of rain in only a 6-hour period. Edwards AFB and Randsburg reported storm totals around two-tenths of an inch of rain.|Afternoon thunderstorms continued over the Southern Sierra Nevada daily through July 18th. One thunderstorm moved over the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area in eastern Madera and Mariposa Counties during the evening of July 17th. Although National Weather Service Doppler Radar estimated the rain rate at up to 4 inches per hour, no flash flooding was reported.


Bakersfield power outage expected to be restored Saturday night Open Navigation Close Navigation

UPDATE (Nov. 5, 3:05 p.m.) — Power has been restored to areas affected by a massive overnight power outage, according to PG&E outage maps. No major outages were reported on PG&E maps in the greater Bakersfield area Saturday afternoon. Power went out to thousands of customers at around 11 p.m. Friday in portions of northwest […]

Nov 4, 2022

Power outage in Rosedale, estimated 980 people affected

There is currently an unplanned power outage in Rosedale on Thursday, November 3rd. The outage began at 5:40 a.m

Nov 3, 2022

Power outage impacting 1,692 PG&E customers | KGET 17 Open Navigation Close Navigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A PG&E power outage is impacting 1,692 customers in southwest Bakersfield, according to the PG&E outage map. The power outage is impacting areas near South Allen Road and Panama Lane. The estimated restoration time is 6 p.m. and PG&E is assessing the cause, according to the outage map. The outage started […]

Oct 6, 2022

Spectrum cable, internet outages reported in Bakersfield; slowly returning hours later Open Navigation Close Navigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Customers are reporting Spectrum services are returning to normal after an outage affected thousands Saturday night throughout the greater Bakersfield area. In a tweet just after 8:20 p.m., Spectrum said it was working to resolve “area problems” as quickly as possible for customers in Bakersfield, Delano, Lamont, Taft and Tehachapi. There […]

Oct 1, 2022

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Sep 29, 2022

Extreme weather is causing a spike in power outages

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Sep 14, 2022

Power outage impacts PG&E customers in east Bakersfield | KGET 17 Open Navigation Close Navigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A PG&E power outage Wednesday afternoon impacted 50-500 customers in east Bakersfield, according to PG&E’s outage center. The outage impacted residents around 1:11 p.m. in east Bakersfield south of E. California Ave. to E. 4th Street and east of Highway 204 and South King Street. Temperatures were recorded at 106 degrees […]

Sep 7, 2022

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Nikki | May 24, 2022  

East bakersfield, thank God power back up hurry for PGE

Richard | August 16, 2020  

Power out at tuscon and Gibson

Robert Edwards | February 01, 2020  

Power outage in my area 93305 Niles & Monterey St.

Trinidad Sanchez | December 30, 2019  

East Bakersfield BC area 93305 power out since 11:00

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Bakersfield, California

City Bakersfield
County Kern
State California (CA)
Country United States
Zip Codes 93301, 93302, 93303, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93311

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