We're having a heat wave...temperature was 107 degrees here in Claremont Monday – 122 record-setting degrees in Palm Springs, California -- an hour auto drive east. The highest temperatures I recall experiencing were 115-116 a couple days years ago in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.
Hot days like even the lower temperatures we're having now generally didn't occur until three or four weeks later in the year if we had them at all. Do you suppose this might be one more indicator of global warming and/or climate change? Is there any question!
Fires we don’t usually experience until fall started, also, yesterday – in communities west of where I live – ground growth, shrubs and trees are a tinderbox due to our drought. The cause is thought to be due to a car crash which led to a second fire with both continuing to spread closer together for a massive out-of-control burn.
Driving on an afternoon errand I could see the blue sky was being swallowed by the darkening reddish brown smoky clouds moving toward our city which they had reached by the time I arrived home. We're not threatened by fire but the air pollution is unhealthy so I'll be staying indoors.
Cities west, Asuza and Duarte (home of City of Hope Medical Center but not reported as threatened) are the communities whose foothill residences edge into the mountainsides burning. Evacuations of people, animals...firefighters on the ground...helicopter water drops...planes spreading fire retardants. Wild animals, including bears, deer, smaller creatures... leaving the forests...fleeing to neighborhoods. So far no homes lost. Concern the wind velocity might increase or direction might change through the night.
The electric power grid has been down in some other Los Angeles County areas. One area's residents are reported to be enraged to be without power due to a "planned outage" on this record-setting predicted hottest day. Some resident's complain they didn't even get an advance notice others report having been given. I can identify with their protests as the same failure to notify me has happened twice in recent years. I understand needed preventative work, but doing so on this specific day doesn't make sense?
Other southwestern states are being clobbered by similar drought effects. This is what we experience plus our earthquakes much as other states are primarily subjected to tornadoes, massive flooding, hurricanes, winter’s freezing snows.
Ella Fitzgerald is one of my favorite jazz female vocalists who recorded this Irving Berlin song with Enoch Light’s arrangement in 1958. This song was introduced in the 1933 musical show As Thousands Cheer by Ethel Waters – the song subsequently was featured in several movies and recorded by numerous singers.