Extreme Temperature Diary Monday August 3, 2020/ Main Topics: Latest Western Heat Wave Triggers Life Threatening California Wildfires/Isaias Threatens Eastern U.S.

Monday August 3rd… 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).😉

Main Topics: Latest Western Heat Wave Triggers Life Threatening California Wildfires/Isaias Threatens Eastern U.S.

Dear Diary. Today Isaias is making most of the headlines, but another weather related event is causing quite a bit of destruction in the West and deserves equal attention. Another prolonged heat wave is aiding to spark wildfires in California. Here are some of the latest notes from the Los Angeles National Weather Service:

We have seen this scenario play out over and over again during the 2010s as above average heat during the early and mid summer drys out vegetation, leading to wildfires later in the season into the fall.

For more on these wildfires here is some of the latest news from NBC News:

Southern California wildfire forces thousands to evacuate

See article on: www.nbcnews.com by Phil McCausland and Dennis Romero 

A wildfire in Southern California quickly spread across 12,000 acres Saturday, destroying at least one home and two structures and forcing 7,800 people to evacuate.

a man in a dark room with smoke and fire© Provided by NBC News

As it moved north into San Bernardino County, evacuation orders were issued for two areas, Potato Canyon and Oak Glen, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Mandatory evacuations applied to more than 2,500 homes and about 7,800 residents, said CalFire spokesman Rob Roseen.

Firefighters worked in scorching heat that reached 107 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. About an hour southwest, in Coachella Valley, temperatures hit 120 degrees.

“At this point we are establishing control lines, and we’re expecting some containment by tomorrow morning,” said CalFire division Chief Ty Davis.

“We are currently in the extended attack phase of the fire,” Davis said Saturday. “The public and the residents can expect additional fire department resources in and out of the area.”

The Apple fire in Riverside County, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, was being fought by 375 firefighters with dozens of fire engines and air support. But it remained 0 percent contained Saturday evening.

As it moved north into San Bernardino County, evacuation orders were issued for two areas, Potato Canyon and Oak Glen, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Mandatory evacuations applied to more than 2,500 homes and about 7,800 residents, said CalFire spokesman Rob Roseen.

Firefighters worked in scorching heat that reached 107 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. About an hour southwest, in Coachella Valley, temperatures hit 120 degrees.

“At this point we are establishing control lines, and we’re expecting some containment by tomorrow morning,” said CalFire division Chief Ty Davis.

“We are currently in the extended attack phase of the fire,” Davis said Saturday. “The public and the residents can expect additional fire department resources in and out of the area.”

a man standing on top of a snow covered mountain: Image: Apple fire (Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP)© Ringo H.W. Chiu Image: Apple fire (Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP)

The blaze was first reported as two small, separate fires Friday night near Cherry Valley. But the two outbreaks grew exponentially within hours, leading authorities to issue the first evacuation orders by 7:30 p.m. for areas around the neighboring cities of Banning and Beaumont.

The National Weather Service warned that the Southwest would face hot and dry conditions with low humidity levels and gusty winds until late Sunday. All these components added up for the strong potential of fire weather

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Fortunately a heat dome responsible for exacerbating these fires will collapse early this week allowing a cooler marine flow to penetrate well into Southern California, aiding firefighters. The ridge will probably make a return later this month. I’ll be reporting more on these fires as this week progresses.

Here are some of Sunday’s and Monday’s “ET’s:

Here are more updates on Isaias. As usual on this blog, the most up to date information will appear at the beginning of this list of social media notes:

(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. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)

Here is more climate and weather news from Monday:

(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. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)

Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:

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Guy Walton… “The Climate Guy”

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