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Record Heat/Fires

Aug 23, 2020

Record heat, unprecedented lightning fire siege in Northern California; more dry lightning to come

Over the past 10 days, a record-breaking heatwave has affected virtually all of California, and a wide swath of the American West. Countless daily record maximum and overnight record minimum temperatures were set across the state on many consecutive days. In fact, Death Valley reached 130 degrees during this event–the hottest reliably measured temperature in world history. In addition to extreme temperatures, this heatwave was characterized by highly anomalous humidity levels–this was certainly not, as is often said in California “a dry heat.” For the first time in 19 years, rolling blackouts occurred throughout the state due to extreme strain on the power grid.  It was “Fogust” no more. … ”  Continue reading from Weather West here:  Record heat, unprecedented lightning fire siege in Northern California; more dry lightning to come

Red Flag Warning for dry thunderstorms beginning Sunday morning and continuing through at least Monday evening

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 5 AM Sunday to 11 PM PDT Monday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.  Remnant moisture from decaying hurricane Genevieve will spread northward over northern California late tonight and Sunday. This will lead to the increasing potential for isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms over much of Northern California. … ”  Read more from YubaNet here:  Red Flag Warning for dry thunderstorms beginning Sunday morning and continuing through at least Monday evening

California wildfires …

Wildfires are an annual California nightmare now. Will they only get worse?

Nearly three years after a swarm of Wine Country wildfires devastated California, another explosion of flames is making clear that the state’s efforts to fight the crisis may be no match for the worsening conditions fueling it.  Flames leveled entire Santa Rosa neighborhoods in 2017, then destroyed almost all of the Butte County town of Paradise 13 months later. Each of those fires set records for destruction. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  Wildfires are an annual California nightmare now. Will they only get worse?

‘The worst is not behind us’: California wildfires continue to burn

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed, close to a million acres of land have been scorched and at least six people have died in one of the worst series of wildfires in California’s history.  More than 13,700 firefighters are battling nearly two dozen major fires throughout the state, fire officials said Saturday. Five broad areas of the state are on fire, and the largest blazes remain mostly uncontained.  “The worst is not behind us,” tweeted Thom Porter, chief of Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency. … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here: ‘The worst is not behind us’: California wildfires continue to burn

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