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Northern California is gonna be really hot tomorrow, because of a high pressure area that will stifle ocean breezes. Sacramento, Fresno, the peninsula are all predicted to get to 99-101, and I suspect that Morgan Hill and other inland areas may get even hotter. The prediction for Concord and the East Bay is 104!!. I expect there may be some power outages as the people and the power grid try to adjust to the sudden heat wave.
A few tips: Get your fans out, and try to remain hydrated. You will need at least a gallon of water over the day if you are at all active. Make sure that the old people have fans or air-conditioning, and access to water.  

Be very careful to not leave children or pets in cars even for a few minutes. Babies are gonna be crabby. Make sure they get enough fluids.

Don't be out bike riding on your lunch break, please, and even that daily stroll may be too much for seniors. A wet bandanna does wonders on a hot day.

Make sure your car has adequate anti-freeze, which helps prevent boil-over. If your vehicle engine "temp" light goes on, turn off the air conditioning, turn on the heater full blast, and open the windows. If you get boil-over, get off the highway and open your hood but DO NOT unscrew your radiator cap.

Spare the power grid: if we lose power, then things will really bad for the vulnerable folks. Don't be using your television, oven, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, iron, washer or dryer any more than absolutely necessary. Don't set your air-conditioner to 72...82 would be much better. Things should cool off somewhat by Friday.

On the other hand, you can fry some eggs pretty easily on the pavement, and feel free to get your shorts wet when you water the garden.

Originally posted to seesdifferent on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:32 AM PDT.

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    •  Keep cool...and, remember, there's no such thing (12+ / 0-) global climate change. Bushco said so, and that's good enough for me.

      "Oh, TV. Is there anything you can't do?" -- Homer Simpson

      by Melody Townsel on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:34:10 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, stop it (4+ / 0-)
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        Climate change is a huge problem. It does no one any good, however, to attribute every example of anomalous weather to climate change. Ultimately, that's the same logic that allows deniers to point to a snowstorm as evidence that "global warming" is all a big hoax. We've had anomalous weather throughout history, and it's best not to think of climate change in terms of short-term weather patterns, but long-term climate trends.

        To NoCal residents, keep cool and take it easy.

        •  You are right. (3+ / 0-)
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          But you know what?  Every time I hear about those western heat waves, I just thank my lucky stars that Ohio doesn't have them...yet.

          Especially since we never did get that AC fixed.  If it doesn't run, it doesn't draw power and no CO2 gets added to the atmosphere.

          Proud member of the Cult of Issues and Substance!

          by Fabian on Wed May 14, 2008 at 10:01:29 AM PDT

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          •  Oh, absolutely (2+ / 0-)
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            Certainly, one of the effects of climate change may well be harsher and more frequent heat waves in various parts of the world. But that's confusing the symptom with the disease, IMO. The flu can cause headaches; not all headaches are caused by the flu. In terms of getting people to pay attention to and address the very real problem of anthropogenic climate change (or, really any climate change), we do ourselves no favors by crying wolf. It just gives people more reason to be skeptical about our claims.

            As it happens, I'm a cold weather person myself. I've been weening myself off of air conditioning for several years now, but I would never want to live in any part of the country where I'd be looking at 100+ degree weather on even an irregular basis.

        •  Sense of humor, people. (2+ / 0-)
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          Jeezus, I was just being a bit silly. Did it really warrant the multi-part lecture? Holy god.

          "Oh, TV. Is there anything you can't do?" -- Homer Simpson

          by Melody Townsel on Wed May 14, 2008 at 11:20:31 AM PDT

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          •  Well, you see... (2+ / 0-)
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            ...I was tragically born without a sense of humor. Doctor's have been at a complete loss to explain it. My only request is that everyone treat me as a normal, productive member of society despite my obvious disability.

            Seriously, though, I didn't really mean to single you out / pick on you. But I do see a lot of this sort of talk, and it concerns me as someone who really is freaked out by the potential damage catastrophic climate change could bring in its wake. I shouldn't have projected that concern onto what, in retrospect, was clearly a joking post. Mea maxima culpa.

      •  This is silly.... (6+ / 0-)

        The upper air pattern is conducive to a little warmer weather along the west coast.

        Here in Missouri, we are in the upper air "trough," and had temperatures 10-15 degrees below normal.

        As a meteorologist with 28 years experience, I am all OVER GCC, as much or more than anyone I know.

        BUT....and this is climate change isn't Chico being 103 tomorrow.

        Global Climate Change is THOUSANDS of observations, over a long period of time, over the entire surface of the earth.

        It drives me NUTS when I see extremists, on BOTH sides of the issue, use a short-term temperature variation as PROOF that the other side is wrong.

        Let me explain:

        Take a typical temperature cycle, identified as 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. See how the numbers go from 1 to 5, and back down? Typical variation.

        Now, lets say we ADD one to the bottom of the cycle. It would NOW look something like this: 2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2.

        We still have a four degree variation, but we replaced the 1 with a 6.

        Under the new cycle, when the temps are a "2" ...the GCC naysayers, I.E., Republicans and owners-of-gas-and-oil-fired-power-plants, use that as proof that GCC is bullshit.

        When the numbers reach "6" ... unknown and uncharted record temps, then peeps get alarmed, and another 100 scientists, like myself, sit up and take notice.

        Let's add another number. 3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3.

        Now, the baseline is 3, the big number is 7, and the evidence is a lot more clear.

        These simple sets of numbers are the easiest way to explain gcc...scientists are seeing numbers that they have never seen before.

        It is completely accurate that temperatures, in a BIG scale, also exhibit this same, natural variation.

        But, never in our planet's history, have these cycles also have to deal with the addition of greenhouse gasses.

        •  GCC Primer, Part Deux (6+ / 0-)

          Before the advent of the industrial age, incoming energy from the sun smote the earth, and the resultant energy was given off as heat energy.

          Interestingly, the sun does NOT heat the air, the sun heats the GROUND, which in turn heats the air.

          If you add water vapor, clouds, ducks, pollutants, WHATEVER, some of the outgoing terrestrial radiation is absorbed, and re-radiated back out to earth. This is called the "Greenhouse Effect."

          So far so good, we're into Second grade science, and the hydrological (water) cycle here.

          When fossil fuels started being burnt on a large scale, say the 18th century, the CO2 and other pollutants poured into the air. Some fell out as soot, some were used by developing water droplets as CN (condensation nuclei), but most remained in the be joined by their buddies, by the billions of tons, over the next 250 years.

          These pollutants are very, very effective in absorbing terrestrial radiation, and re-radiating them back to earth. This heat-balance transfer cycle is being disrupted, with NO likelihood of human intervention, at least in the short-term.

          What can we do? If we do nothing, life will go on. In 50 years, the wheat belts will have driven 150 miles farther north, the desertification of the planet will continue to increase, and we will have variables in the weather not currently seen. Stronger spring storms, and especially stronger hurricanes/typhoons.

          Adjustments will be made, at enormous cost to our societies.

          •  GCC Primer, Part ... Three? (5+ / 0-)

            Sorry to be so long-winded.

            You bunch of libs are uncommonly bright, and I felt I could contribute, in my own little way, to the discussion.

            It angers me more than you know to see President Bush muzzle his scientists. Why the HELL this is a political decision is quite beyond me.

            Write your Congress Critter, and bitch HARD about this.

            We need to take several steps, IMHO.

            CAFE standards need to be doubled, this time next year. If we have to subsidize GM, Chrysler and Ford to re-tool their factories, fine. Lets nationalize them, and build 'Merican cars. The fact that they AVERAGE 50 mpg on the highway would certainly help. Shoot, we wouldn't even need to have tariffs on Volvo's and Toyota's...MAKE THE CARS PEOPLE WANT, NOT THE URBAN ASSAULT VEHICLES THAT HAVE THE HIGHEST PER-VEHICLE PROFIT.

            DAMN....are the GM execs stupid, or what?

            The second step is to put air scrubbers on every damned polluting plant, everywhere. The Bush administration tried recently to GUT the Clean Air standards, just to help the industry make a few more dollars. Unreal, and totally indefensible.

            There are tons of other actions to take...these are just a start.

          •  Life won't "go on" if we start having heat spikes (4+ / 0-)

            .... now and then of 120 to 130 degrees.  That kills crops and livestock.
            Storm surges make coastal cities un inhabitable.
            Winter storms killing millions due to massive destruction of power supply and people freezing to death.
            Food chain disrupted, due to acidification of the salt water seas, starting with the coastal nurseries that nourish the little fish food and the bird food, working its way up the food chain so commercial fishing is eventually destroyed.  

            Life will go on, sorta, but maybe humans get knocked down to a few roving tribes of barbarians wandering from skeletal city to city in ruins.

          •  Excellent point (2+ / 0-)
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            What can we do? If we do nothing, life will go on. In 50 years, the wheat belts will have driven 150 miles farther north, the desertification of the planet will continue to increase, and we will have variables in the weather not currently seen. Stronger spring storms, and especially stronger hurricanes/typhoons.

            Adjustments will be made, at enormous cost to our societies.

            The worst-case scenarios ("a few roving tribes of barbarians wandering from skeletal city to city in ruins") that frequently get trotted out in response to climate change are just that: worst-case scenarios. They're possible, but not necessarily probable, let alone foregone conclusions. Focusing on them can get people to sit up and take notice, but they can also easily backfire in a multitude of ways.

            One such way is unintentionally convincing people to assume that, simply because those worst-case scenarios don't pan out, there is no problem. Increased famines, large-scale agricultural relocation, and all of the other potentially costly adjustments are nothing to sneeze at, even if they don't mean the end of civilization, and avoidance and mitigation are essential. Intelligently tackling the subject means being as realistic about its effects in the long-term as the short term.

            The other, and potentially even more dangerous side-effect is to convince the people who are already inclined to your side that things are hopeless. We should be driving people into action, not into despair. Scare-tactics are notoriously bad at this.

    •  Gosh, those are our temps (5+ / 0-)

      nearly all summer long!  It's 6 months of HELL here in southern Georgia, with 100% humidity added to it.  I told my husband if global warming makes it any worse here we'll have to move north.

      It's so empowering not to feel powerless anymore!

      by Shelley99 on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:39:22 AM PDT

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  •  what happens if we LOSE power? (3+ / 0-)
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  •  you can look on it as practice for NN (3+ / 0-)
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    Those are not unusual temps for us in July. But - that's Texas in July, where it is supposed to be like that. Northern California shouldn't be that way, ever, right?

    •  Likewise, (4+ / 0-)

      I was in LA for a funeral in April, and it was 100 degrees (and not just in the inland valleys).  I used to live there, and there were entire summers in which it never hit 100.

      But yeah, I'm in Texas now.  I'll try to be more gracious than the northerners who make fun of us because we think snow is a big deal.

      Anyone who is wavering on whether to support our nominee in November should be tied to a chair and forced to watch the last Republican debate.

      by cardinal on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:41:43 AM PDT

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    •  Depends where you are in NorCal, some parts of (9+ / 0-)

      ... the northern inland valley do not not get any cooling effect from the delta breezes that kick up at night (that come in from the San Francisco bay thru the gap in the coastal range, and blow up North East into the Central Valley and the foothills) and they get very hot.
      I'm talking about places like Redding, Chico, Red Bluff.  They hit 105 to 110ºF all the time in the summer for about 3 months, and with not much breeze, they can be pretty miserable.

      I live much farther down, in the foothills about 30 miles north of Sacramento.  Sac is much cooler because it gets a nice evening breeze quite often off the delta.  Where I live it gets hotter than Sac during the day during the summer and colder than Sac during the day and night during the winter. Normal highs here in the summer are 95 to 105º F.  We are lucky in that we have a little dip in the terrain here that funnels a lot of that evening breeze thru our place.

      Then the mountains to our east also will send their colder night air towards us in the summer.

      What you don't want to see is a hot northern wind, they are truly dangerous and that is when you get a lot of fire danger.  Most people think of a northern breeze as cooling, but it has the opposite effect here.... it's swirling in a circular pattern and sucking hot air up out of the desert southwest over us.

      Sustained temperatures of over 110ºF outside endangers the lives of animals, not all of whom can be fit into people's houses. Last summer was relatively mild.  In 2006, a lot of cows and horses died from heat in this state.  I have experienced 117º, which means it's like 125 in the direct sun, and this will kill a lot of living things.

      •  you cool off in the evenings, though (3+ / 0-)

        Here, in the summer, it is still 90 at 10pm. Good luck to you during this heatwave -- and don't let my description of the heat here discourage you from coming to NN.

        •  Oh, don't worry, Texas heat does not scare me ! (2+ / 0-)
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          .... I like hot weather as long as it's not making critters suffer. What's really miserable is that summer southern- mid western weather where you get temperatures around 95 to 100, and the high humidity, like in St Louis, Springfield, Kansas City...  that's some serious heat stroking good stuff.

          I remember walking down the street at around 9pm in Kansas City, about 25 years ago, trying to eat an ice cream cone before it melted and I couldn't keep up because the temperature was still above a hundred.  That's warm.  

          What's funny is going into Sac in the evenings and forgetting to bring a jacket sometimes, because it drops a good 30 to 40 degrees at night.  

  •  Wow! It's awfully early for such heat in CA... (7+ / 0-)

    Isn't it?  When I used to live there (decades ago...), it never really got hot until September/October.

    Stay cool.  But then, you do live in CA, so how can you not be cool...

    "It's not just enough to change the players. We've gotta change the game." ~ Obama

    by madame defarge on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:37:25 AM PDT

  •  I lived in Israel (7+ / 0-)

    in a place with no AC, and only facing south.

    Cold showers help.  They can be really short --- in fact, you want the water to be so cold that you don't want to stay in more than a few seconds.  

    Ceiling fans rock.

    Wearing long pants is silly

  •  Good tips for fighting the heat. (8+ / 0-)

    Folks might wonder what antifreeze and heaters have to do with engine overheating, so I will elaborate just a bit.

    Antifreeze, mixed with water, increases the boiling point significantly as well as lowering the freezing point.  Thus, it is just as important to maintain a proper mixture in summer as it is in winter.  In addition, antifreeze contains corrosion inhibitors that protect the entire cooling system.

    Running the heater full tilt is indeed the proper action.  The heater does not "make" heat, it just saps waste heat from the engine's cooling system.  In an overheating situation, sapping a little heat from the cooling system might make the difference.

    Overheating an engine can do extensive damage.  If your car overheats, take it to a shop to find out what the problem is, since cooling systems are designed not to do that.  Likely you are either low on coolant or have a clogged cooling system.  Warmest regards, Doc.

    Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

    by Translator on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:42:13 AM PDT

  •  It's going from 60 or so here in Portland (4+ / 0-)

    today to over 80 degrees tomorrow and climbing.  I even heard it may reach 100 by the weekend.  I am glad I am not the only one that finds this alarming.

    "I am a repeat offender! I repeat: I will offend again!" - anonymous perp

    by gallimaufry on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:46:41 AM PDT

  •  SoCal, too! (3+ / 0-)
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    We're supposed to be 90s coastal, 100s inland.

    I don't think it's going to be a Santa Ana, though, which is good. I hate the Santa Ana. Makes me tired, sniffly, and sad (for some strange reason).

  •  Insulate your home- keeps it cooler in summer. (1+ / 0-)
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    Common sources of heat leaks are door cracks, so check exterior doors and replace the insulating strip if necessary.

    Windows are a big source of heat leaks, too- and while double pane glass can reduce the leak, it's more expensive and not as efficient as plain ol' drapes. You can make your own drapes and use thermal lining- but even the blackout lining provides insulation. For overkill, you can mount magnetic strips in the curtains and against the window frame, to "suck" those curtains in place and hold them there.

    And shut the A/C vents and doors in unused rooms- it takes less energy to cool a smaller space.

    If you've got a pet, give them a damp towel to lay on, and consider putting it on top of some ice packs to help them cool down. Make sure they've got enough clean, cool water- dogs especially can overheat and dehydrate; they don't have many sweat glands, so they have to pant to cool off.

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

    by EsnRedshirt on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:47:12 AM PDT

  •  I'm in SF (7+ / 0-)

    You're not kidding about the heat.  I grew up in the desert East of San Diego.  My dad was a longtime member of a desert search and rescue team, so I know what the heat can do.  

    That's great advice you gave.  Another problem with dehydration is that it can sneak up on you.  Thirst is NOT an indicator. Avoid alcohol and soft drinks as they will dehydrate you even faster.  

    I can handle the temps ok, but I'll be making a cool bed for my cat.  I take 32 oz. plastic bottles and fill them 2/3 with water.  I freeze them.  When it's hot, I make a ring of them and cover them with a light towel.  It gives my pootie a cooler place to sleep.  

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. ~Emerson~

    by FrugalGranny on Wed May 14, 2008 at 09:47:13 AM PDT

  •  whole west coast (4+ / 0-)

    i live in the mountains of WA and its going to be in the 90's, doesn't sound as hot but its been low 60's for weeks and going to take a 30 degree plus jump.

    I am just worried for new plants as the shock could be hard on them.

    I am working during all the days and we have air. Glad for the warmer weather so i can finally drive my scooter to work now.

  •  But... (6+ / 0-)

    Don't be out bike riding on your lunch break, please

    Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day here in San Francisco, where the high temp will "only" be in the low 90's, according to Accuweather. If your ride is any distance at all, be absolutely sure to carry a water bottle and, if something heroic (perhaps you're riding up from San Mateo), carry electrolytes as well and dress appropriately, remembering to wear sunscreen. FWIW, my daily bike commute is all of 1.5 miles each way (which is nothing for me) but even I may carry water tomorrow, just in case.

    This sort of heat is unusual, but not at all unprecedented, for this time of year in Northern California. I first visited San Francisco in May of 1983; the day I arrived the high temp in downtown SF was 95. So it can indeed get warm here.

  •  Here's (3+ / 0-)

    a tip about "environmentally correct" cooling in your home.

    A few years ago, I bought a "swamp cooler," which cools by evaporation. It's a big plastic box whose internals consist of a fan blowing across a pan of water. It's supposed to be much more environmentally friendly cooling than an air conditioner. What I didn't know, because the salespeople didn't tell me when I bought it, is that you have to have just the right kind of ventilation in your place, i.e., doors or windows on opposing walls, open to the outside, to properly use a swamp cooler. I did not have that ventilation configuration and ended up using this hulking plastic box for years as a fan. But it wasn't even a very efficient fan.

    With many guilt feelings, I finally sold the swamp cooler, and bought a new 7,000 btu energy-saver in-the-window air conditioner from Sears, to cool at least one of my rooms on really scorching days. I use it judiciously, with a box fan. I'm much happier now.

    •  We love our swamp cooler (2+ / 0-)
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      The cooler is in a window downstairs and we open up a window upstairs for the cool, moist air to escape through. It cools the whole house (small house).  They do not work well if there is high in dry climates.  

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      by trinityfly on Wed May 14, 2008 at 11:38:01 AM PDT

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      •  In warm weather, (2+ / 0-)
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        my place really gets stuffy and miserable at night, interfering with sleep. That's why I started thinking about ways to cool down in the first place. I live in the city, and would not dream of leaving windows and doors open at night, in order for the swamp cooler to work. Also, it's awkward to open doors and windows in the daytime, since I'm right on a busy street.

        I'm glad the swamp cooler been a solution for you, though.

  •  I think this Summer is going to be a Scorcher (3+ / 0-)
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    by kubrick2008 on Wed May 14, 2008 at 10:14:14 AM PDT

  •  here' my back yard April 20th (5+ / 0-)

    a little more than 3 weeks ago. It might hit 90 degrees this Friday.


  •  Supposed to be in the 80's in Seattle (2+ / 0-)
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    over the weekend...gotta say that's welcome news to this California transplant after a VERY GRAY spring so far...

    But yes, highly unusual temps for this time of year.  We usually don't see the 80's til July at the earliest.

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    by oscarsmom on Wed May 14, 2008 at 10:26:23 AM PDT

  •  We are expecting record breaking temps (3+ / 0-)
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    here in the Southern part of the state too.  Wind & fire conditions sparked a small blaze on Mt. Baldy last night.  

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