Sunday June 9th … Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Second U.S. Heatwave To Strike The West
So far during the warm season of 2019 heat waves have encompassed relatively small territories, not affecting the Plains, Midwest or Northeast. The first happening in late May was historically early and prolonged for most of the Southeast, but did not extend West of New Orleans or north of Nashville and Raleigh. This second heat episode will affect portions of the West, but not last any more than a few days this week, so I hesitate to call it a “heat wave.” Nevertheless advisories are out for portions of the West including, the typically hot cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas:
It will also be dangerously hot in the Sacramento Valley and the San Francisco Bay area on Monday:
Comfortable late spring/early summer conditions will be felt elsewhere except across the Gulf Coast and in Florida.
Heat advisories are also out for extreme South Texas, which will be in the process of cooling down on Monday due to a frontal passage. Jon Erdman of The Weather Channel noted these extreme warm conditions there on Friday:
Our old friend the dipole will make another appearance across the continental U.S. with a strong but brief ridge in the West and cold trough in the Central and East:
In fact, the cold trough may get strong enough to produce some record lows in the Plains, Midwest and Northeast.
Here are some specific notes on the heat wave in the West:
Of course, I’ll report any records from this second heat episode of the year. Thankfully this year, though, hot weather has gotten off to a late start across much of the country.
Lastly, here is some material on recent wildfires that have sprung up with our budding heat wave:
Here is more climate and weather news from Sunday.
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
We do have some reports of “ETs” from Sunday:
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”