Septemeber 28, 2010

Septemeber 28, 2010
113 Degrees in Los Angeles

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are back in south Florida resting up for a few days before heading out on our next adventures.

As many of you know I lived in Los Angeles during the 90s after leaving San Francisco after the death of my second partner and my god-daughter. Well I am glad I do not live there right now. They are having record setting temperatures.

A blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all time record high of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles on Monday and roasted even coastal cities in triple digits.

The city of Los Angeles opened cooling centers for citizens while firefighters were on alert for wildfires, but there was little wind amid the onslaught of dry heat.

Downtown hit 113 degrees for a few minutes at about 12:15 pm, breaking the old all time record of 112 degrees set on June 26, 1990, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. Temperature records for downtown date to 1877.

It was not clear whether 113 would remain the day's high. Temperatures continued to fluctuate around 112 later in the afternoon, Seto said. The old record high for a Sept. 27 was 106 degrees.

As Mother Nature served up California in a roasting pan the lucky few who didn't have work or school sought relief at the beaches. Hundreds of thousands turned out over the weekend as the heat wave built.

The city of Los Angeles urged people to use Parks and Recreation facilities, senior centers and libraries as cooling centers. A half dozen senior sites were to remain open until 9 p.m., the Emergency Management Department said.

The National Weather Service said the siege of dry heat was being caused by a ridge of high pressure over the West that was keeping the Pacific Ocean's normal moist and cool influence at bay.

Red Flag warnings for fire danger were posted in some areas, but mostly due to the withering effect on vegetation alone rather than the dangerous combination of low humidity and offshore winds. The NWS said the air movement remained breezy at best rather than forming the gusty Santa Ana winds linked to destructive wildfires.

The early fall blast of intense heat follows an unusually cool summer that often found beaches covered in overcast and whipped by chilly winds.

So I hope all of our friends in southern California survive this heat wave. Please stay hydrated and in door when possible. I worry about all of you.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab