Cool here, of course, but seemingly nowhere else. California and most of the US are engulfed in a horrific heat wave, festering wildfires — update this morning on the Santa Clarita fire near LA: ‘“It has averaged about 10,000 acres per day,” said Chief Mike Wakoski, incident commander. “An acre is a football field, so imagine that — a football field per day.”‘
Although the NWS claims we along the shoreline could reach maybe the mid-70s today, don’t in-any-way bet on it. The interior is blistering all right — Willow Creek, about 40 miles eastward from me, will hit triple digits, supposedly 107-degrees.
Meanwhile, we’ll be 30-35-degrees cooler…
(Illustration found here).
Fascinating how weather works, how climate creates that weather, which in turn is factored by all sorts of shit — Willow Creek is much higher than the coastline, and inland away from those comfortable Pacific Ocean breezes, thus the heat index upward.
Supposedly our ‘inland heatwave’ is not affiliated with the ‘heat dome’ currently scorching a bit chunk of America, way-hot temperatures stretching from New York City to LA.
And all part-n-parcel for the immediate future — from HuffPost on Sunday, and some modern weather stories:
“If we continue with business-as-usual burning of fossil fuels, and warm the planet by [3 degrees Celsius] by the end of this century, then what we today call ‘extreme heat’ we will instead call ‘mid-summer,’” Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, told The Huffington Post.
Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, agreed that severe heat could be summer’s new normal.
He pointed to findings in the 2014 National Climate assessment that project that by the end of the 21st century, what used to be “once-in-20-year extreme heat days” in the U.S. will occur every two to three years.
“In other words, what now seems like an extremely hot day will become commonplace,” the report said.
As an example, Mann pointed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
During the late 20th century the city averaged less than one day a year with temperatures over 100 degrees.
But “by the end of this century, given business-as-usual fossil fuel burning,” Mann wrote, “the models tell us we’ll see more than 30 days (yes, a solid month) a year of 100F+ days.”
That type of consistent heat may render some climates unlivable.
“Eventually the elevated heat becomes so pervasive and persistent that human habitation becomes difficult,” Mann said.
“A number of studies have shown that the tropics will eventually become unlivable to human civilization, if we continue on the course that we’re on.”
Sorry, foggy and cool here, what’s rush?