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Watch: Temescal Creek Rising in the Rain

What a difference 4+ inches of rain make ...

With the Bay Area's first storms of the season just past and another due to arrive this afternoon or tomorrow, Rockridge Patch took a look at how a little rainfall affects Temescal Creek.

The view is just above Lake Temescal, where the creek emerges from a culvert under Broadway Terrace. The first few seconds were shot last Wednesday, Nov. 28 after the first in a series of storms moved through the East Bay; the remainder after the heavy rainfall on Sunday, Dec. 2. 

A local weather station (near Broadway and 51st Street, Oakland) recorded .28 inches of rain on Nov. 28, then an additional 4.46 inches during the next four days.

Temescal Creek arises in Montclair and feeds into Lake Temescal (a manmade lake originally created as a reservoir), then is largely undergrounded until it reaches San Francisco Bay in Emeryville. The "water play" creek in the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt is a seasonal diversion of water from the undergrounded creek.

You can see a map of the Temescal Creek watershed on the Oakland Museum's website.

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Karen Ivy December 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
This would be more impressive if they didn't keep shifting the perspective. I realize the creek rose, but from the video it isn't clear if they were really watching the water rise or just moving the camera to a better vantage point. My husband claims he saw ducks swimming in the puddles in a parking lot near Lake Merritt at the heart of the storm.
Dixie Jordan December 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Sorry, very new to video - can only improve! To clarify - the first two shots were done one right after the other last week, after the first rain. The remainder were Sunday afternoon, one after another, just different directions. The very last was immediately afterwards, the little pond just upstream from the lake.

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