'Record breaking heat' to hit California as mid-Atlantic braces for possible tornadoes


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Ben Kesslen and Kathryn Prociv

'Record breaking heat' to hit California as mid-Atlantic braces for possible tornadoes
Over 20 million people in the mid-Atlantic face the threat of severe storms, while California braces for "record breaking heat."

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Over 20 million people in the mid-Atlantic faced the threat of severe storms Thursday, while California braced for "record breaking heat" this weekend that is expected to be even more intense than the heat wave that contributed to massive, destructive wildfires in mid-August.

Another 4 million people were under flash flood watches in parts of the South and the Midwest.

"From a hazards perspective, it is the Desert Southwest and throughout California's Great Valley that stand out most with record breaking high temps likely this weekend and into early next week," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday afternoon.

About 44 million people were to be under excessive heat watches and warnings that go into effect Friday across the Southwest and the West Coast, with high temperatures possibly reaching 104 to 117 degrees in cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas and up to 95 degrees in San Diego.

Record heat and dry weather could envelop much of the West, the National Weather Service said. More than 100 daily-record high temperatures will likely be set, including several all-time record highs. The high temperatures will begin Friday and extend through Monday.

In Los Angeles, daytime highs away from the coast are expected to be 100 to 115 degrees. "It is not recommended to spend any extended period outside during the heat of the day," the weather service said.

The heat will also intensify the threat of wildfires in what is already one of the most active fire seasons in California's history. More than 7,000 blazes have torn through about 1.4 million acres, fueled in part by dry conditions.

Climate change will make heat waves like that longer and more intense, and they will last later into the summer.

There is a risk of severe storms Thursday in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the mid-Atlantic. Tornadoes are possible, with the threat greatest in the corridor between Washington and Baltimore.

The flash flood watches cover parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. Cities in the flood zone include Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati; and Charleston, West Virginia.

Heavy rain in the Ohio Valley led to flash flood concerns around Louisville, and more rain is forecast Thursday night.

In the Caribbean, Nana made landfall as a hurricane overnight on the coast of Belize before it was downgraded to a tropical storm. It will continue to affect parts of Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala on Thursday with heavy rain and gusty winds. Maximum rainfall of 8 to 12 inches in isolated areas is expected to cause dangerous flash flooding.


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1  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I spoke to friends in AZ and NV. Henderson NV will be 115 today. Excessive heat warning and the same in AZ. 

Friends in the beach cities of CA have been experiencing 90 degree days which are fairly rare. 

High of 87 here in the ''Horse Capital of the World'' Ocala, FL.

2  sandy-2021492    3 weeks ago

A friend in California reported a high temp of 120 in the shade yesterday. She moved her thermometer away from the outdoor wall of her house, so it didn't pick up the heat radiating from the wall. Still 120.

2.1  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @2    3 weeks ago

I saw some of the temps in California, Woodland Hills sent an all-time record for LA county of 121 degrees.

Paula Bartholomew
2.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @2.1    3 weeks ago

Above ground pool sales are through the roof right now here.

Greg Jones
3  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

Meanwhile, here on the eastern slope of the Rockies, after a very warm and dry August, and a high of about 94 today, a strong cold front will blow in tonight dropping temperatures into the 30's by tomorrow. The mountains can expect up to a foot of snow, and they forecast 2-4 inches in Denver. Could be limb breaker. But according to weather records in was extraordinarily hot back in the 1930's and we have had snow and freezing temps as early as September 3rd back in 1961. Another problem has been the smoke and haze from the  Colorado forest fires, which this storm should help to put out.

Greg Jones
3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Greg Jones @3    3 weeks ago

Issued at 1037 AM MDT Mon Sep 7 2020

No changes to the forecast at this time. A variety of warnings and
advisories are already in effect to cover the drastic changes in
weather that we are expecting this evening. The Cameron Peak fire
burned hot all night and is already generating a large plume of
smoke at this time. Areas of smoke will cover the plains through
the afternoon. Temperatures are already getting close to the 80
degree mark, so Denver should see another 90 degree day , which
will be the 73rd of the season, tying this particular record that
was set in 2012.

Looking to the north, this evening cold front is already well into
Wyoming with north winds already as far south as Casper and
Douglas. The colder temperatures are over Montana and the northern
fringe of Wyoming, with temperatures starting to drop at Sheridan,
WY this past hour. Light to moderate rain is spread across eastern
and central Montana. This cold front should be coming across the
northern Colorado border by 6 PM and should be through Denver by 8
PM. It will be very active when the front arrives with a mix of
gusty winds into the 40s, areas of smoke being swept out by the
front and areas of blowing dust being picked up by the wind over
dry ground. All of that and rapidly dropping temperatures.
Precipitation should then begin a few hours after frontal passage.
Am sticking with the idea of mostly rain on the plains overnight,
with a change over to snow around sunrise and the morning
commute. Foothills and mountain areas should see snow sooner than
that with a little bit of accumulation by sunrise.

Maybe this push of cold air will cause the high pressure system over California to retrograde to the West and cool off the temps.

Paula Bartholomew
4  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

The heat does not deter idiots from practicing their craft.  Right now we have a fire raging caused by a gender reveal party that used pyrotechnics.  The bill they are going to get plus possible jail time dooms that poor unborn child to a life with idiots for parents.  Other idiots did a Burning Man on one of the beaches.  They may end up with a permanent ban.   A hiker died because they were out in 110 degree heat and ran out of water.  I swear people have done lost their minds.

4.1  Kathleen  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4    2 weeks ago

They should have thrown blue or pink confetti. Even balloons would have worked nicely. 

Thrawn 31
5  Thrawn 31    3 weeks ago


6  Tessylo    3 weeks ago


Greg Jones
7  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

It wouldn't surprise me if some uninformed people think this heat and storminess in due to climate change, instead of being just a plain ordinary persistent weather pattern.

8  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

Speaking of uninformed people . . . . 


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