The Pineapple Express Hits Greater Sacramento Area

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Sacramento Storm 2010
(Slide Show has 11 images)

Continuing rains over the last several days have created areas of minor flooding in the Greater Sacramento area.   After hearing a report from Sacramento's KCRA Channel 3 this morning, I decided to venture over to Del Paso Park, a favorite picnic spot, when I was a kid.  Arcade Creek flows through the area, and the Channel 3 news crew, Leticia Ordaz and the trusty KCRA camera guy, were covering the flooding of the picnic area. 

Before this last series of storms arrived via the Pineapple Express, water managers at Folsom Dam released significant amounts of water from the lake, and also downstream at Nimbus Dam. While there is some evidence of flooding on roads, and in some areas, the creeks and watershed from the mountains into our valley appears to be currently performing well.

There are only so many pictures which can be taken of an event like this.  So, the KCRA Channel 3 camera guy, and I got into a fun camera shoot out.  However, I was outgunned.  Leticia Ordaz performed a little impromptu interview of me, since there wasn't anyone else to talk to:-)  It may or may not show up later on KCRA news. 

The beginning pictures in the slide show above, are photos of the Del Paso Park picnic area and the little bridge nearby.  There are a couple shots of the KCRA camera guy.  Leticia had already ran for warm cover in the Channel 3 van. 

Later slide show photos are of the bike bridge over the American River near Sunrise Boulevard.  In spite of the rain and storms, a few hearty souls ventured out to do a little jogging.

You can access video shot by KCRA Channel 3 prior to my arriving on the scene this morning via: "Winter Storm Floods Del Paso Park Picnic Area." 

I hope everyone is enjoying this coming holiday week!  Shoppers were on the roadway this morning, and weren't allowing storms to curtail their activity.


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Doug - When I look at weather satellite photos of the storm, it appears to be hitting most of California.   I can imagine you've seen your share as well!

Dec 19, 2010 10:17 PM #18
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Being and East Coaster, I never heard of the "Pineapple Express." Leave it up to you to go out just to take pictures.


Dec 19, 2010 11:23 PM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Rich - I hadn't been feeling the best the last several days.  This morning, I woke up feeling quite a bit better, and a tad housebound.  I decided it was time to go out and hunt for a flood:-)

Dec 19, 2010 11:44 PM #20
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Aging-In-Place Specialist-Instructor


That is a lot of rain - but at least it's not snow. :)


Dec 20, 2010 09:31 AM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Steve - The snow fall has also been impressive.  But, it's been up the road a bit in the Sierras.  At Mammoth, they have had 10 feet of snow from this system of storms.  We rarely get snow here in the valley, but depend on the snow melt in the spring for our water..

Dec 20, 2010 09:47 AM #22
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Myrl  Those ar amazing photos - it is a shame you had the event - hope it stops soon - Merry Christmas

Dec 20, 2010 02:50 PM #23
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Karen - Thus far we've been really fortunate, and there hasn't been any significant damage from these storms.  I'm actually very encouraged by the rainfall, because we experienced several years of draught, which we are now recovering a bit from.

Dec 20, 2010 05:40 PM #24
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
24 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We lived in Los Angeles 30 years ago, Myrl, and experienced one of these only they didn't call it the Pineapple Express back then.....just a heavy rain :) Great pictures.

Dec 21, 2010 09:05 AM #25
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Myrl--It is amazing how much water fell out there! Love the camera shoot out line....He may have gotten more but it doesn't mean they were better. :)

Dec 21, 2010 09:25 AM #26
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I hadn't heard of the Pineapple Express until I saw it on the news last night......hope you've got some rubber boots to keep your tootsies dry.

Dec 21, 2010 11:16 AM #27
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Toni - "Pineapple Express" is only a term that I've com to know within the last few years.

Dec 21, 2010 05:07 PM #28
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Teri - It has seemed relentless at times.  We have more of it blowing in currently.  We expect tomorrow to be really wet.  The "shoot out" was a lighthearted moment in the middle of the storms:-)

Dec 21, 2010 05:08 PM #29
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ann - I wear my boots when I go out in really wet weather.  On that particular day though, I was only wearing tennis shoes.  Still my feet stayed dry:-)

Dec 21, 2010 05:10 PM #30
Carol Ryniewicz
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Woodstock, CT
Associate Broker - CT & MA

Great pictures Myrl! I hope the sun comes out soon. When my son moved to Yuba city in January he told me he missed the rain . . . . I guess that has changed ;)

Dec 22, 2010 03:43 AM #31
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

My what a torrential downpour you all have been given. For a name as sweet as pineapple it sure has been nasty in some areas. We are expecting snow from the same system as it makes its way across to us. Hopefully not too much snow! :0)

Merry Christmas Myrl and best wishes for a wonderful New year full of love, laughter and all good things.

Dec 22, 2010 10:20 PM #32
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Today was our first day at the dog park after three days of rain and cold. Looks like we're going to have beautiful weather for Christmas (and plenty of snow on Mt. Charleston) but the forecast shows more rain may be on the way next week. More photo opps!

Dec 25, 2010 02:18 AM #33
Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Wende Schoof - Menlo Park, CA - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula

Myrl, that's a great slide show.  Sacramento looked very soggy indeed!

Jan 07, 2011 11:55 PM #34
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


What a beautiful Slide show.  Your pictures are gorgeous of the Pineapple Express.  Hope the water level doesn't get much higher.  Thanks for sharing this with us!

Jan 13, 2011 11:32 PM #35
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

WOW Mrly - great photos and even though it's flooded, it looks beautiful. Here in the North East we have been inindated with snow, which I find beaufiul!

Jan 16, 2011 12:55 AM #36
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Amazing photos, Myrl!  Thanks for the link explaining the Pineapple Express, as I have never heard of that before.  California seems to have its share of weather dearths and excesses!  Hope things are getting back to normal.

Jan 22, 2011 10:05 PM #37
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