Monday, July 9, 2018

Record heat scorches southern California and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere

It's time to get back to reality today with the climate and weather news I promised in 'Black Panther' rules movie and TV winners plus humanitarian honorees at the BET Awards.  I begin with PBS NewsHour reporting Global temperatures reach extreme highs, breaking records.

Heat waves broke records around the world this week. While Burbank airport in California touched 114 degrees, Montreal in Canada recorded a high of 97.9 degrees. In Glasgow, Scotland, the temperature was a record-breaking 89.4 degrees on June 28 and a new world record was set off the coast of Oman, where the temperature never dropped below 108.7 degrees for 24 hours. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
According to Guinness World Records, the town of Quriyat in Oman set the record for record high low temperature on June 26, 2018 with the 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit.  The high temperature that day reached 121.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which Guinness noted was the temperature at which road surfaces start to melt.  The record high temperature still belongs to Death Valley, California, with 134 degrees Fahrenheit, set more than a century ago in 1913.

Speaking of California, it was the record heat in the town where I grew up that attracted my attention to this story.  Follow over the jump for video from CBS Los Angeles about the record high temperatures and accompanying fires in southern California.

CBS Los Angeles spent Friday, July 6, camped out in Woodland Hills, where I lived from 1960 to 1988.  It began the day at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which is as close to a downtown as my old stomping grounds has, as it reported Record-Breaking Temps Forecast To Roast Southern California.

Woodland Hills could reach a blistering 117 degrees. Joy Benedict reports.
That was about 6:30 A.M.  Joy Benedict was there just after 11:00 A.M. for the noonday report in Woodland Hills Expected To Hit 117 Degrees.

It could be one of the hottest spots in Los Angeles today. Joy Benedict reports.
The temperature matched the record for July 6 by 11:00 A.M.  It shattered that record and reached the predicted high temperature, as seen in Record-Breaking Highs Hit Woodland Hills.

In Woodland Hills, residents are used to the summer sizzle -- but today was "unbearable," locals told CBS2's Greg Mills.
This is not the way I want my boyhood home to make the news.

Woodland Hills made one final cameo in the day's reporting in Evelyn Taft's Weather Forecast (July 6).

This is what you call a heat wave. It was hot all over -- record-breaking heat in some areas. Evelyn Taft lets us know when we can expect it to cool down a bit.
Look at all those records, including three all-time high temperatures.  And to think that the usual hottest months in Los Angeles are August and September, which means even higher temperatures and more more record-breaking heat could be on their way.  Eep!

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