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High Temperature Records Shattered in California

Posted by feww on March 15, 2015

Record heat broiling California

Santa Ana winds, combined with a high pressure system moving across SoCal, are causing temperatures to soar throughout the region.

Hot temperatures broke several records on Saturday:

  • Downtown LA:  New Record of 91 degrees (32.8ºC), smashing previous record of 88 degrees  set in 1951.
  • LA International Airport:  New Record of 91 degrees
  • Long Beach:  New Record of 92 degrees (33.3ºC)
  • Camarillo: New Record of 92 degrees
  • Santa Ana: New Record of 96 degrees (35.6ºC)
  • San Gabriel:  New Record of 94 degrees (34.4ºC)

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)
NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD
Issued 2 am EDT Sunday, March 15, 2015

  • High Temperature for Saturday, March 14, 2015
    98 degrees (36.7ºC) at Anaheim, CA
  • Low Temperature for Saturday, March 14, 2015
    -9 degrees (-22.8ºC) at Houlton, ME
    -9 degrees at Presque Isle, ME

“The heat brought summertime-size crowds to Los Angeles County beaches. They were about as packed as a typical Fourth of July weekend, with attendance probably above 1 million,” LATimes reported quoting lifeguards.

The heat is also affecting Northern California, with new record for the day of 84 degrees set in San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto, said the report.

On Sunday, temperatures across the region are forecast to remain up to 25 degrees (F) above normal for the date.

L.A. Marathon

More than 26,000 people from all 50 states and 55 different countries were expected to participate in Sunday’s 30th annual L.A. Marathon, amid record-breaking temperatures.

The heatwave, which has scorched the region for three consecutive days,  prompted the organizers to reschedule the starting time for the race to 06:55, 30 minutes earlier than planned.

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SoCal Sets New Record Temperatures on Xmass

Posted by feww on December 26, 2013

Mercury (!) rises above 86 degrees at Oceanside, CA

Warm, dry Santa Ana winds drove temperatures to record or near-record highs in southern California on Wednesday.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

  • High Temperature for Wednesday: 86ºF (30ºC) at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
  • Low Temperature for Wednesday: -22ºF (-30ºC) at Mount Washington, NH

Source: NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 7 pm EST Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Long Beach reported highs of above 83 degrees, 2 degrees above the 1972 daily record for Xmas, according to NWS.

As of December 24, 2013 California had broken or tied a total of 43  daily high temperatures for the month.

Santa Ana Winds

The arrival of Santa Ana winds coupled with very low relative humidity prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue Red Flag Warnings for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds will continue across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and associated coast and valley areas through Thursday afternoon. The offshore winds will strengthen into Thursday morning with gusts up to 40 – 45 mph.

Poor relative humidity recoveries are expected tonight with many locations remaining below 25 percent. On Thursday, conditions will continue to dry with areas of single digit relative humidities likely along with well above normal temperatures for most areas. Very dry conditions are likely to persist into Friday, but with much lighter winds.

A red flag warning remains in effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday due to the combination of moderate offshore winds, low humidities, warm temperatures, and abnormally dry fuels. —NWS

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Wildfire Threatens 4,000 Houses on SoCal Coast

Posted by feww on May 4, 2013

Springs Fire consumes about 20,000 acres, dozens of buildings in Ventura County

More than 1,000 fire crews are tackling the massive blaze in Ventura County, which threatens about 4,000 houses, hundreds of businesses and Point Mugu U.S. Naval Air Station, as authorities issue new evacuation orders for thousands of residents.

  • Officials said flames have crept within 100 feet of homes in Hidden Valley as the fire veered dangerously close to luxury homes and ranches in the area.
  • Residents were ordered to evacuate about  1250 houses in Hidden Valley and adjacent canyon roads, southeast of Camarillo, including parts of Newbury Park, Sycamore Canyon, Deer Canyon, Brome Ranch, La Jolla Canyon, Yerba Buena and several other communities, Ventura County fire officials said.
  • Fire officials have warned the locals to avoid inhaling the smoke,  especially because it contains dangerous chemical fumes released into the air after highly toxic pesticides caught fire at an agricultural storage facility in Laguna Farms.
  • A sudden and ferocious start to a California fire season has seen dozens of blazes igniting in California.
  • Red Flag Warning were in effect for two large regions in Northern and Southern California, as of posting.
  • Humidity remained in single digits for the Red Flag Warning areas.
  • Fire officials have compared the moisture levels in the hillsides vegetation to the norm for the month of August.
  • The temperature in Camarillo (Ventura County) reached a record high of 96ºF (36ºC) at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service reported.
  • California State Uni at Channel Islands campus, including student dorm, remained closed for a second day on Friday.

US weather hazmap 4may2013
US Weather Hazards Map – May 4, 2013. Source: NWS

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Thousands Flee California Wildfires

Posted by feww on May 3, 2013

“I opened the front door and the whole mountain was on fire.” —a Ventura County resident

Thousands of people including residents in several Ventura County communities and students at Cal State Uni Channel Islands were forced to evacuate after several wildfires consumed more than 10,000 acres.

  • Fast moving Springs fire forced authorities to evacuate students from Cal State Uni Channel Islands in Camarillo and resident of several neighborhoods in Ventura County.
  • More than 2,000 homes were threatened by the blaze, which had damaged about two dozen homes, as of posting.
  • Springs fire, powered by Santa Ana winds, extremely low humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s, had consumed at least 8,000 acres and was only 10% contained, as of posting.
  • Banning Fire in Riverside County, which has consumed at least 3,000 acres since Wednesday, was 40% contained by Thursday, said Cal Fire.
  • Another brush fire in Tehama County, north of the town of Butte Meadows, had consumed more than 2,000 acres and was only 10% contained.
  • Several other fires were burning in northern Calif., as of posting.
  • Officials closed a 10-mile section of Pacific Coast Highway between Las Posas Road in Ventura County and the Los Angeles County due to extreme fire hazard.
  • “This is the problem we have: high winds, high temperatures, low humidities, plus the (vegetation) fuels that have been suffering from the drought we’ve had this winter. This all adds up to a perfect storm for wildfire.”
  • Some 945 fire personnel are tackling the blaze from fire departments throughout the Southland.

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Calif. Max Temps Forecast. See inset for forecast time and period.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US military cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

A US tanker aircraft used for midair refueling over Afghanistan has crashed after taking off from US Manas airbase near Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, according to reports.

  • The US military uses the Manas airbase for its operations in Afghanistan since 2001.
    • A crew of five people were flying the KC-135 Stratotanker, according to AKI Press, a Kyrgyz news agency.

Second Crash in 4 Days

  • At least 7 crew members of a 747-400 US cargo plane were killed when the aircraft crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan on Monday.

The Dubai-bound Boeing 747-400—operated by Florida-based National Air Cargo—crashed just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base around 11:20 a.m. local time, Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board said.


Death Toll in Bangladesh Building Collapse Climbs to 507

The death toll from the collapse of an eight-story factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has climbed to  507, officials have said.


Outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in NW China, SW China, Tibet and Xinjiang

China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has confirmed outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in southwest China, and Tibet Autonomous Region, said a report.

A village in Dagze County in Lhasa City reported on April 25 that 145 heads of cattle were showing suspected signs of the disease, according to the MOA.

“Local authorities sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where 527 heads of cattle have been culled and safely disposed of, so as to prevent spreading the disease,” the ministry was reported as saying.


Death Toll in Gold Mine Collapse Climbs to 100

About 100 miners have reportedly been killed after an “unlicensed” gold mine collapsed in Sudan’s Darfur region. The gold mine, some 200 km NW of the North Darfur state capital El Fasher, began to collapse on Monday, trapping nine of the rescue team on Thursday.


Chinese ring sold rodent meat as beef and mutton

Some 904 people have been arrested in China during a three-month surveillance campaign involving food-related crimes. The ring sold rodent meat, rat and fox, as  beef and mutton, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has revealed.

  • Police have uncovered 382 cases involving fake meat, and seized more than 20,000 tons of illegal products since January 25, the ministry said.
  • “In Wuxi, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, suspects made fake mutton from fox, mink and rat by adding chemicals. The products were sold to markets and the suspects made more than 10 million yuan (1.62 million U.S. dollars) from the illegal activities,” the report said.



1,044 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,044 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Super Typhoon Headed Towards Taiwan, Okinawa

Posted by feww on September 25, 2012


[September 25, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,268 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

JELAWAT Intensifies to a Super Typhoon with 265kph Winds

Super Typhoon JELAWAT, described as “violent,” is currently packing maximum sustained winds of about 265 kilometer  per hour (kph), with wind gusts exceeding 325 kph, moving NNW in the Philippines Sea at forward speeds of about 12kph.

  • The Super Storm could top maximum sustained winds of 280kph in the next 12 hours, according to models.


Other Disasters, Significant Events

  • California, USA. A wildfire 50 miles east of San Diego has destroyed at least 3 dozen buildings including 20 houses, threatening more homes and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.
    • At least a dozen other homes have reportedly been damaged by the fire.
    • The 3,000-acre blaze may have started in Mexico, officials said.
  • Philippines Sea. Typhoon EWINIAR (TY 19W), currently positioned NNW of Mariana Islands, is heading north towards Tokyo, Japan with sustained winds of about 75kph.


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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The “F” word is back in SoCal

Posted by feww on October 13, 2008

Marek Fire May Start a New Wave of Wildfires in SoCal

A 2,000-acre wildfire aided by Santa Ana winds broke out in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday. The so-called Marek fire jumped a fireline and forced the closure of Foothill Freeway, a major SoCal freeway.

[The Dragon Fire!]
A firefighter works to extinguish a portion of the fire that burned near the Biedebach regional fire training center in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday morning. October 12, 2008. Photo:Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times. Image may be subject to copyright.

The fire, which apparently started by gunfire from a range near Little Tujunga Road, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, destroyed a house and several motor homes and lead to the evacuation of about 1,500 residents of 500 homes in the areas of Lopez and Kagel canyons.

It’s feared that embers could spark new fires, Los Angeles County Fire Department said. More…

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