Santa Ana winds and dry, hot air bring back the concern for wildfires in Southern California for the middle of the week.
Santa Ana winds will sweep Southern California on Wednesday, adding yet another contributing factor to the threat for wildfires.
Little rain has fallen recently across Southern California, leaving any vegetation in the area drier than normal.
If a fire sparked, it would quickly spread across the dry plants. The Santa Ana winds add another ingredient.
Although winds are not expected to be extreme, they will be strong, gusting up to 50 mph as they channel through the mountains of Southern California.
This excess wind will further spread the dry vegetation and fires, making them even harder for firefighters to contain the flames under the hot sunshine.
Temperatures near the coastline will be rising above average for the afternoon on Wednesday. With highs in the mid- to upper 80s in Los Angeles and Anaheim, the sizzling heat will rise as much as 10 degrees above normal for the middle of October.
The potential for locally dangerous and disruptive thunderstorms will exist over the Midwest into Wednesday evening.
Areas from Central America to southeastern Mexico, western Cuba and southern Florida will be on alert into next week as a tropical system may form.
Warmth will build and evolve into a heat wave across a significant part of the western United States this week.
Rounds of heavy thunderstorms will raise the risk of flooding across the south-central United States into Friday.
Temperatures and humidity levels will throttle back as dry air expands southward in the northeastern United States through the middle of the week.
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North Texas (1982)
Wettest May on record for parts of Northern Texas and Oklahoma. Wichita Falls: 13.22" (old record set in 1891), Oklahoma City: 12.07" (old record set in 1902).
Ohio, Pennsylvania Ontario (1985)
Great tornado outbreak, reported to be the worst in Pennsylvania history. Path of destruction included 1,200 homes in Ohio alone. Eighty-nine people were killed and 550 injured. Considered by many to be the worst outbreak in the U.S. since April 3, 1974. The outbreak of tornadoes spun 21 well-defined tracks, one as long as 56 miles. Most of the tornadoes in PA, OH and southern NY were spawned from 9 different storm centers that began in the lower Great Lakes. The most violent tornado ran from Ravenna Arsenal, OH, southeast of Youngstown,OH, a distance of 41 miles to Mercer, PA. An airplane wing was carried 10 miles by the tornado.
Washington, DC (1991)
An average temperature of 73 degrees, making May 1991 the warmest May on record. There were a record 11 days of 90-degree heat.