Heat wave returns; wildfire risk extreme


Heat wave returns
Lake Kaweah, with its current storage of 13,608 acre feet (September 3), is less than 10 percent of the water that was in the basin for Memorial Day, three short months ago. Celebrants looking for a cool spot to picnic can expect excessive heat and poor air quality throughout the Labor Day weekend.


Labor Day 2020: it’s choke and swelter for Kaweah Country. Heat wave returns

Not only will most of California on the west side of the Sierra Nevada continue to choke on woodsmoke, but for the Labor Day weekend that dreaded record-setting heat wave will return by midday Saturday.

The NWS at Hanford is forecasting dangerously hot conditions with temperatures from 100 to 110 degrees possible from 1 p.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. on Monday, Labor Day. The greatest risk for excessive heat will occur in the southern San Joaquin Valley, and the central and southern Sierra foothills. Temperatures in Three Rivers are expected to top off at 108 degrees with Sunday being the hottest day. After moderating slightly on Tuesday, daytime highs are expected to return to the upper 90s for the next seven days. Heat wave returns

While the coastal areas have seen a return to the cooler marine layer allowing CAL FIRE to get the upper hand in the large complex of fires burning in a ring around the upper Bay Area, fires burning farther north and east across interior California continue to spread aggressively and in remote areas are largely unchecked. As a result, hundreds of square miles of smoke and poor air quality will continue to persist. 

With 1.7 million acres already burned, if the fire season ended today 2020 would rank second for most acres consumed since record-keeping began. It’s likely that 2020 will take over the top spot owing to the fact there are still 2-3 more months of fire season to go. Heat wave returns

With limited facilities open on nearby public lands, expect a crush for places to get wet especially at Lake Kaweah. The current storage of 13,608 acre feet is close to as low as the pool is permitted to go. That represents less than 10 percent of the water that was in the basin three short months ago during Memorial Day weekend. 

And there’s not much water in the Kaweah River so don’t expect much cooling there either. The 22 cubic feet per second in the Middle Fork, measured at Slicky (Chevron Station), is as low as the flow can go. Heat wave returns





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