In the Golden State, residents are experiencing record rainfall and record heat That’s because in the same week, once-tropical storm Kay made a rare approach to California after a prolonged heat wave.
San Diego received 0.61 inches of rain on Friday, breaking the previous daily precipitation record of 0.09 inches set in 1976. National Weather Service.
Kay is weakening from the intensity of previous tropical storms that hit the United States after making landfall in Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Damme.
Storm debris that began pulling away from Southern California on Saturday could bring thunderstorms and flooding to the region on Sunday as the system pulls away from the Pacific coast. There was a nature
The downgraded storm system still measured sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, worrying officials handling the Fairview fire in Southern California’s Riverside County. However, the dampness of the storm encouraged the firefight.
crew fighting with fairview fire We were able to improve fire containment on 28,307 acres by 43% – thanks to good humidity, some rainfall and cooler temperatures. Ferocious blazes on Monday have killed two civilians, injured a third, displaced thousands and destroyed 30 buildings.
“With the recent onset of rain, drought-hit areas not only got much-needed rainfall, they also helped firefighters by slowing the spread of the Fairview fire,” Cal Fire said. said. Said
Three people were injured when a helicopter assigned to the Fairview Fires crashed into a residential backyard on Saturday while attempting to land at a local airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The pilot and two firefighters who were on the helicopter were taken to a regional trauma center for further evaluation, Cal Fire said.
In the north, cooler temperatures were also a welcome relief to crews battling bad weather. mosquito fireBurning in both Eldorado and Placer counties consumed 37,326 acres as of Saturday night. But fire officials said strong winds continued to spread the fire to the north and northeast. Said
Meanwhile, wildfires were also engulfing large areas of dry vegetation in neighboring Oregon and Idaho, and firefighters were battling hotter, drier conditions.
of cedar creek fire Oregon has burned 74,420 acres so far, with only 12% contained in Saturday’s extreme fire weather conditions. Fire officials said warm, dry conditions in the area and strong easterly winds were expected to spread the blaze overnight.
Hot, dry and unstable conditions could also increase fire behavior in Idaho moose fireFire officials say 125,993 acres are now burned, with 37% contained.
Summer temperatures set record highs
The whole country is dealing with an especially hot summer as the West is experiencing record heat.
The average August temperature across the United States was 74.6 degrees Celsius, 2.5 degrees above average and the eighth hottest August on record. The same month was also marked by several extreme rainfall events that resulted in historic floods. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Overall, this summer was also the third hottest meteorological summer on record in the United States, according to NOAA.
California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington each saw their hottest August nights on record.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas all had the second hottest summers on record.
September was no exception.
Temperature records have been broken across the West in the past week. sacramento
saw an all-time high of 116 degrees on Tuesday.
“This is essentially the worst September heatwave on record, and certainly for Northern California, and certainly for the state as a whole,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. . Said Tuesday’s Twitter Spaces discussion. “By some standards, given its duration and its extreme magnitude, it could be one of the worst heatwaves on record, for any period, in any month.”
The climate crisis is increasing the size of heat domes, increasing the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves, he said.
CNN’s Tina Burnside contributed to this report.