Extreme Temperature Diary- July 24, 2018/ Hot Topic: California Dreaming…Another Heat Wave Nightmare

Tuesday July 4th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post 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)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:

California Dreaming…Another Heat Wave Nightmare

Since I started this site in 2017 dealing mainly with extreme temperatures I feel like I am living a meteorologist’s groundhog day, constantly reporting on record heat from the great state of California. Well, as one great President from California, Reagan, once stated, here we go again. This time around though due to a Dipole pattern not much relief will be in the offing through the end of July.

First, let’s look at current heat advisories posted around the country:

Due to the Dipole the two coasts have big contrasts. The West is smoldering while the East is drowning. Heat advisories have been dropped for most of Texas but are now expanding into the Pacific Northwest.

It would appear that Wednesday will be the peak of this heat wave in Southern California this week, but due to the strength and orientation of the heat dome expect temperatures to be well above average for many days to come. We’ll see if at least it cools off towards the beaches by this weekend, though.

Across the country here is the temperature profile for tomorrow:

Records will be set from Arizona westward into California. Hot car deaths are still a threat east of the Rockies, but temperatures there for late July are not be that bad.

Our heat dome will peak out around 600 decameters and be centered on the California deserts Wednesday:

Heights do come down, but look where that ridge is centered a week from Wednesday. You guessed it…about the same place:

Now let’s specifically look at forecasts for the West:

Afternoon high temperatures for Wednesday, July 25
Experimental Heat Risk for Wednesday, July 25th

8:09 AM – 24 Jul 2018

When it gets this hot in California wildfires become a major concern. I’ll relate any major news in that front should conflagrations of any consequence break out. 
As usual I will be adding relevant news and information to this post as the day progresses.
Here is some of  today’s heat related news:

Wildfires are back in Southern Europe (not that is good news)
A very intense fire is raging in the vicinity of Kineta 🇬🇷 west of
The heat is so intense that 🇪🇺🛰 in today’s imagery, would only see an infrared spot

These fast-moving, wind-driven, and deadly in southern Europe are highly analogous to the devastating North Bay fires near Santa Rosa, California last October. Much of Greece has Mediterranean climate and vegetation similar to California.

The number of dead is up to 70 people from the Greek fires: 
Meanwhile, it’s extraordinarily wet in the eastern United States:
Here are today’s reported “ETs” from major reporting sites:

🔥🔥🔥 Death Valley, CA broke its daily high temp record today with a temp of 127°.  😲 WOW!

Station               New   Old   Year
Woodland Hills 108    107 2006
Lancaster           109     109 2006
Camarillo             88       87 2014

Records highs so far today Thermal 122, Palm Springs 121, Borrego Springs 118, Campo 107, Ramona 103, San Diego 85 (2006)

Here are Tuesday’s maxes:

The Southwest is the only area of the country where there are major heat concerns. The deserts of the Southwest were brutally hot with many locations topping 120F.

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