California Temperatures Break Records, Wildfires Rage

"A record-smashing heat wave sent temperatures in areas across the Bay Area well over 100 degrees Sunday, choking the region with the smoke of weeks’ worth of wildfires and putting more than 2 million customers under the threat of rolling blackouts as the state’s energy grid neared capacity.

By 3 p.m. Sunday, a high of 100 had already been recorded in downtown San Francisco, smashing the old record of 92 degrees, set in 1904, according to the National Weather Service.

Gilroy hit 112, while Napa climbed to 110 and Kentfield to 108, matching all-time highs for the month of September and joining at least a dozen other cities and towns around the region above the century mark."

Aldo Toledo and George Kelly report for the San Jose Mercury News September 6, 2020.


"Los Angeles County Sets Record Temperature As Scorching Heat Wave Wallops Southern California" (CBS News)

"Creek Fire Consumes Half The Homes In Tiny Town. ‘Words Cannot Describe The Devastation’" (Sacramento Bee)

"As Second Heat Wave Sears California, Experts Say Health Impacts Will Worsen With Climate Change" (Los Angeles Times)

"Ferocious Heat Wave Could Bring Record Temperatures To California Over Labor Day Weekend" (Los Angeles Times)

"Mojave Desert fire in August destroyed the heart of a beloved Joshua tree forest" (Los Angeles Times)

"'Fire On All Sides': California Wildfires Prompt Evacuations" (Reuters)

"Helicopters Rescue About 200 Trapped in California Wildfire" (New York Times)

"'Compound Climate Events' Wallop California" (E&E News)

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 09/07/2020