Western Heat and FiresMay 15th, 2014 at 2:32 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 fire. California State University evaculated as the fire approached! Check out the video of fire tornadoes! Another fire tornado. Another fire tornado. Driving toward the fire! Satellite 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 plane. Fire approaching homes.