Extreme Temperature Diary-November 13, 2018/ Topic: Deadly California Fires/Containment?…NOV 2018 Day 6

Tuesday November 13th… 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)😊. 

Deadly California Fires/Containment?…November 2018 Day 6

Let’s hope that I am not jinxing the situation, but this morning I am seeing signs that California’s brave firefighters and others from across the U.S. are beginning to contain the worst of the conflagrations…the Camp and Woosley Fires :

Dry, warm conditions aren’t going away anytime soon, so the key to any further containment will be diminishing Santa Ana and easterly gusty winds. The winds are rising once again this morning, but the trend should be lower as we go through the week. Here we see the pressure gradient in the West valid for Wednesday morning:

On the above Tropical Tidbits panel we see that high pressure has lowered substantially over the Great Basin, so winds should diminish substantially over most areas of California on Wednesday.

Today (I pray) will be the last day in which I headline California’s fires. Once more here are some of the main messages I am seeing un association  with the fires today on Tuesday: 

Here is more quoted from Inside Climate News:


As firefighters in California battle to contain the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, a climate scientist says the reality on the ground is surpassing what a government report projected just months ago in assessing the links between climate change and an increasing frequency and severity of wildfires in the state.

After a dry summer and fall, powerful winds over the past week swept flames through the town of Paradise in Northern California, killing at least 42 people and destroying more than 6,500 homes, officials said Tuesday. Two more fires near Los Angeles chased more than 200,000 people from their homes as the flames quickly spread, adding to a string of fires that have caused billions of dollars in damage this year.

“I think what we have been observing has consistently been outpacing what we’ve been predicting,” said LeRoy Westerling, professor of management of complex systems at the University of California, Merced, who modeled the risk of future wildfires as part of the California Climate Change Assessment released in August.



Here is more weather and climate news from Tuesday:

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