This week’s heat wave is the latest in a series of heat waves since mid-summer.
Over the last two and a half months, we’ve seen temperature records broken that have been around for decades from the coast to the inland valleys.
This week, we learned that September now officially ranks as California’s hottest September in 140 years, since record-keeping started in 1880.
And according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, September 2020 was also the hottest September on record for the entire planet.
And along with the extreme heat has come a record number of wildfires and a record amount of acreage burned, with thousands of structures lost along with 31 lives just in the last couple of months.
And we’re only halfway through October which has traditionally been a month with some of the worst fires in California history including several in San Diego.
And along with the heat and the fires have come more Flex Alerts than we’ve seen in recent years, with today’s message to us all to cut back on energy use from 3-10pm now the 14th statewide Flex Alert since August 15th. And along with the heat, the fires and the Flex Alerts have come rolling blackouts to protect the state’s power grid.
And of course all of this, the heat, the fires, the Flex Alerts and the power shutoffs, is happening while an historic pandemic is still happening. 2021 can’t come soon enough!
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