August 17, 2020
It was a first for us.
- Record heat in California has led to wildfires, and state-imposed rolling blackouts, due to the stress on the electric grid for the entire state.
- Severe thunderstorms afflicted the San Francisco Bay Area; lightening ignited fires in the surrounding area not known for these types of storms.
- Death Valley temperatures soared to 130 degrees – possibly the highest temperature recorded.
- Why It Matters: This follows a wild week of weather in the Midwest, with a derecho (land hurricane), causing damage to swaths of land and crops. All states handling severe weather have the added pressure of managing emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic – California has the highest COVID-19 cases in the nation.
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- OUR WRITEUP ON THE DERECHO: CLICK HERE
by Jenna Lee,