, gtgtgt, THE UNPRECEDENTED HEAT WAVE IN THE WEST, ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS AND WHAT IS KNOWN AS DRY LIGHTNING HAS ACCELERATED THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE SEASON PUTTING 2021 FAR AHEAD OF LAST YEAR. gtgt Reporter IN CALIFORNIA. The HORRIFIC SOUND OF A FIRESTORM AND THE GUT WRENCHING SIGHT OF HOMES CONSUMED BY FLAMES FROM A MASSIVE FIRE NORTH OF LAKE TAHOE., THIS A FIRE TORNADO, FUELED BY INTENSE HEAT AND POWERFUL WINDS. It SPARKS MEMORIES OF 2020, THE WORST YEAR EVER FOR CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. THIS YEAR. Twice, AS MANY ACRES HAVE BURNED. THE LARGEST SO FAR, IS THIS FIRE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF SAN FRANCISCO. ERRATIC WINDS PROVEN DANGEROUS FOR FIREFIGHTERS. In OREGON, THE NATION’S BIGGEST FIRE IS CONTINUING TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY. gtgt. We ARE DOUBLING IN SIZE OF THE FIRE. Every 24 HOURS. gtgt Reporter THAT WILDFIRE NEAR THE STATE’S SOUTHERN BORDER HAS AFFECTED POWER LINES NOW AFFECTING THE ELECTRIC GRID IN PARTS OF OREGON AND CALIFORNIA., MAKING CONDITIONS WORSE. Unrelenting HEAT. LAS VEGAS TYING THEIR ALL TIME RECORD OF 117 DEGREES, THE HOTTEST IT HAS EVER BEEN IN GRAND JUNCTION COLORADO 107. IN DEATH VALLEY, 130, 4 DEGREES, SHY OF THE HOTTEST EVER RECORDED ON EARTH. NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT A WILDFIRE NEAR YOSEMITE. National PARK. gtgt ASHES WERE FALLING EVERYWHERE. gtgt, WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, IT MIGHT BE ALL GONE.. What DO YOU DO? You START OVER.. We DON’T KNOW. gtgt Reporter. These ARE THE WORST POSSIBLE CONDITIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS.. Temperatures ARE WELL ABOVE 100 DEGREES.

. There IS NO RAIN, AND TONIGHT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS IN THE SAME POSITION AS THE GORDON’S. They JUST DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THEIR HOMES HAVE BURNT TO THE GROUND. gtgt THANK YOU. gtgtgt FOR MORE ON THE HEAT WAVE. I WANT TO BRING IN CBS’S METEOROLOGIST AND CLIMATE SPECIALISTS JEFF BERADELLI.. How BAD IS THE HEAT IN THE WEST gtgt? The HEAT DOES CONTINUE OUT WEST. It IS NOT QUITE AS HOT AS IT WAS OVER. The WEEKEND. WE SAW DOZENS OF RECORD HIGHS. Many TO ALL TIME RECORD HIGHS., THE WEST IS STILL COVERED WITH EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS AND HEAT ADVISORIES., TENS OF MILLIONS STILL AFFECTED BY OPPRESSIVE HEAT.. The HEAT DOME IS BEGINNING TO WANE A LITTLE BIT. It IS A LITTLE WEAKER THAN IT WAS.. All OF THIS HEAT HAS PILED ON TOP OF WHAT IS THE WORST DROUGHT IN MODERN HISTORY ACROSS THE WEST., WHERE YOU SEE THE JAR DARK SHADE OF RED, THAT IS EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA AND THE SOUTHWEST THAT EXTENDS ALL THE WAY TO THE CANADIAN BORDER.. There ARE DOZENS OF FIRES IN ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON WASHINGTON AND EASTWARD INTO IDAHO AND MONTANA, AND ABOVE THE CANADIAN BORDER. INSTEAD OF 110 120 DEGREES IN THE VALLEYS OF CALIFORNIA. We ARE CLOSER TO AROUND 110 105 DEGREE MARK.. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE, ALONG THE COAST 60s AND 70s. SUNDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO, WE HAD A RECORD COOL MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE.. You GO A FEW MILES TO THE EAST, AWAY FROM THE MARINE LAYER AND TEMPERATURES INCREASED BY 50 DEGREES.

. If YOU HAVE A MARINE LAYER, IT WAS EXTREMELY COLD. If YOU DID NOT HAVE A MARINE LAYER, IT WAS EXTREMELY HOT. NOT AS EXTREME. That IS THE TREND. As WE GO INTO TUESDAY., YOU CAN SEE THE TEMPERATURES AROUND 110 AND LAS VEGAS. INSTEAD OF 130 IN DEATH VALLEY. It IS 125., NOT A PICNIC, BUT LESS.. The HEAT EXTENDS ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CANADIAN BORDER AND INTO PARTS OF OREGON WITH HIGHS AROUND 99. In SPOKANE, AND ALSO MEDFORD., THIS HEAT IS AN EXTENSION OF JUNE.. Take A LOOK AT THE RECENT HEAT HEADLINES.. It WAS THE HOTTEST JUNE ON RECORD WITH ALL THE NUMBERS TABULATED IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES. IN CALIFORNIA. The STATE IS 7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, AND THE WEST WAS NOT ONLY THE WARMEST. It WAS ALSO THE DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD.. The HEAT CONTINUES FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BUT NOT QUITE AS EXTREME. IN THE EAST. It IS THE OPPOSITE INSTEAD OF DRY. It HAS BEEN VERY WET IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY, BECAUSE WE HAVE THE STALLED OUT FRONT.. There IS A POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER AS WE GO THROUGH THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT., AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF FLASH FLOODING. THE GROUND IS SATURATED.

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