Western Heat and Fires

May 15th, 2014 at 2:32 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

difax    san diego fire  san diego fire 2 Click on the images to enlarge.  The map on the left is the high temperature map from Weds.  The most amazing temperature was the high of 106° at the John Wayne Airport in Orange Co.  The old record high for the date was 83°, so they broke their daily record by 23°!  Two other cities set all-time May record high temperatures.  Camarillo and Oxnard reached 102°.  I don’t know the period of record at those weather stations.  Other highs:  96° Los Angeles and UCLA, 99° Laguna Beach, 100° Santa Monica, 91° San Francisco, 96° Medford OR, 91° Portland OR, 82° Seattle.   There were some cool spots…temperatures were more than 10 degrees cooler than average from the Western Lakes to the Northern Plains and south to Arkansas.  Fort Leonard Wood MO had a high of only 49° and Harrison AR reached 50°.

The fires near San Diego have consumed 9,200 acres, dozens of homes have been destroyed.  Arson is a possibility in several of the fires.  Just the San Marcos fire has destroyed 8 homes near San Diego and forced the evacuation of over 21,000 people.  Here’s video and pictures.  A State of Emergency has been declared.  Check out this amazing picture of the fires at moonrise (full moon tonight).  The strong Santa Ana winds have been a significant factor, with a gust to 87 mph Weds. AM on Big Black Mountain near San Diego.  Cool pic. of the air attack on the fireCalifornia State University evaculated as the fire approached!   Check out the video of fire tornadoesAnother fire tornadoAnother fire tornado.    Driving toward the fireSatellite picture of the smoke blowing west over the ocean toward San Clemente Is.   Map of the fires.   Fire coming right down to the ocean and dangerously close to a nuclear plant.  Look at the traffic on the expressway driving into the fire!   Three fires in the same pic. from a planeFire approaching homes.

34 Responses to “Western Heat and Fires”

  1. fixxxer says:

    this weather is BS for this time of year. we need to warm up and stay that way. no more of this week long cold spells.

  2. fixxxer says:

    this weather is BS for this time of year. we need to warm up and stay that way. tired of these week long cold spells.

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Have you seen next weeks forecast yet?

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Desert, fires, earthquakes, 100°… forget it :)

    Average highs are into the 70′s and in a week we should be getting back to that.

    The West side looks to slip back into the negative side of May after today. It will take a big change in the forecast for Flint and A2 to not end up positive this month. We’ll take it.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I know what they are going through and it isn’t a good feeling , had a few really good friends loose homes in past fires and I’m hoping it hasn’t happened again. Hey DF the funny thing is you would be saying the same thing about -20 and the brutal winters if you lived in the sun in San Diego , it’s definitely all relative to personal experience as substantial earthquakes are rare and fires at least in the areas you are seeing currently are as well. The bigger issue would be cost of living but the sailing is great !! I’m not sayin you would want to live there but theses things would be the least of your worries… :) God bless those affected.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I have good, once Michigan, sailing buds there as well since they can sail year round… they can have it. I tell them the same thing every time I visit them. The lack of sustainability of those cities is mind boggling to me. I did enjoy seeing green grass there in March when we hadn’t for 4 months straight.

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Lol , sounds like your in the right spot.

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Yesterday was supposedly “chilly” and yet it was only -2 for the day here.

      An above average May looks like a lock if the forecasts hold.

      1. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:

        Mind sharing the nice weather? i accidentally left my window open last night and its freezing out right now :(

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Your high was 7 degrees below average. Then again, “chilly” is a relative term.

  4. Cliff(KZOO) says:

    Have received 1.3 inches in the last 24 hour when the rain started down in Scotts.

  5. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    We’ve had over 3″ of rain already this month – 1.69 above average for the entire month. The park down the street from our place is closed because the Red Cedar River is way over it’s banks. Even the parking lot in the park is under water.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      April showers are here :)

    2. Kevin. w says:

      And then the mosquitoes come and take us all away. This will be a perfect year for alot of the buggers. I was at Home Depot last night and the guy was making a bigger display for yard bugs. I asked him if it was for new product coming and his reply was “my boss said make more room were going to sell alot.”

      1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        WOW…I bet the West Nile will makes a come back. I better have my wife stock up on bug spray, before we start camping.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        We’re lucky in Michigan, that we don’t have much to fear when heading out into the woods – except for ticks and mosquitoes. And this will be a banner year for both, I’m afraid.

        I have a small amount of guano (bat poo) below my “Bat Condo” – so some made it through this horrible winter; but I get the feeling that I’ve got about half what I normally do, living at my house…. and we’re going to need every one of them out feeding at night…

  6. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Looks like the weekend should be somewhat sunny and nice , much better than the possible snowy weather just off our north tonight. Brrrrrr


  7. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    The heat makes a run for Southern Lower Michigan , this is a look at Thursday of next week. :) . Yeaaa!!

    GFS 850mb Temp / hght / Wind :

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        For those interested it looks to remain relatively storm free over the next ten days , at least any major weather systems according to the GFS. ( possibly a few thunder- storms )


    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Seems we’ve been on a roller coaster with the temps.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        + 1 yes we have….

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw Darren’s link: cold/warm/cold; with warm lurking to the west again when the loop stopped.

  8. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is looking more than chilly tonight, getting relatively close to record lows again. We could see a freeze in some of the rural areas tonight. We will see.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      When will you get the chance to catch some wind on your boat DF?

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I’ve been out three times this year, it’s cold on the water. This weekend isn’t looking very good at the moment, chilly and no wind…

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Four times if you count San Diego in March :)

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Very nice…Where did you go in SD ? Is that when you sailed out to the Coronado Islands ? Btw – where did you sail out of , San Diego Bay or Mission Bay , near the airport / point loma ??? What type of boat do you own DF ?

        2. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Silver Gate Yacht Club in SD. We just sailed out to the last channel buoy and back. Our boat,a Catalina 30, is in Muskegon and hasn’t been in water for three years, we’re just too far away with little kids. Hopefully in 2015 we can get it back in if my plans come to fruition. I join friends on Catalina 30′s in San Diego and Lake St. Clair. I also sail little boats (470, laser) here by A2… those have required wearing my dry suit this spring.

        3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Very cool , sounds like you have a passion for sailing DF . I’ve only been out a dozen times or so but I was hooked after the first time. How do you get access to the boats you sail , it sounds like something similar to what we did as my friend belonged to the San Diego yacht club so we had access to all the boats as long as you had the credentials to sail that particular boat. Personally seemed like a better deal then owning the boat , since we sailed 48 foot Ocean’s , no monthly slip fee , maintenance , etc ……only paid for rental and monthly dues.

        4. DF (SE Mich) says:

          The club over here of small boats actually owns the boats so you can use any of them. All the Catalina 30′s are private boats but are just friends, most of them racers. The Catalina 30 is the most produced sailboat so they’re everywhere, however not many people race them. The relatively few of us that do race these old boats throughout country are fairly tight nit.

        5. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Sounds like fun DF!!

  9. Jacob G. says:

    Some awesome bright and sunny May days coming up starting next week and cool nights. Highs in the 70′s and cooling off into the 40′s at night. High Pressure will be in control with a NW/W upper air flow aloft, cold air is slowly being replaced in the atmosphere. Looks like another below average month for severe weather and tornado’s for the country. Could it be that some areas in the central plains hit there highs for the season already? It looks like the plains are going to finally get some much needed rain in the shorter term. Although I still believe we are inside a decade of longer term drought in the west and central and southern plains based on sea surface temps in the Pacific. The moderate El Nino will help some but I think the pattern flips again to dry in these areas once we peak on the El Nino later this Fall, early Winter.

  10. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Amazing temp difference this morning from GR to Detroit. Currently 64° over here and 44° there. That is a cold front.

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