We all know that much of California is under exceptional drought that has been three years in the making. There is no place worse the the San Joaquin Valley, one of the richest farming areas in the nation. The city of Fresno is right in the heart of the valley. The rain year is about to come to a close with two remarkable records being set. (The rain year runs from July 1 to June 30)
The rain year of 2013-2014 is about to become the second driest on record since 1883 with only 4.81 inches in the last 12 months. It's also the second warmest with an average temperature of 67.4 degrees. In addition, Fresno is set to have its second driest back-to-back years since 1932-1934, with a two-year total of 10.48 inches from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014.
Let's hope that a good El Nino will turn things around this coming winter.
In Southern California, it has been a very windy day across all the Upper Deserts, stretching from the Palmdale/Lancaster area to Stateline on the Nevada border. It also has been quite windy into all the Vegas Valley. It looks like another very windy day is on tap Tuesday with winds of 20 to 40 mph, strongest from midday through the evening hours. From the 2km WRF here are the expected winds around 4 mph Tuesday.
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As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.