What’s Behind San Diego’s Crazy Weather?
Monday, August 11, 2014
Aired 8/11/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Humidity In San Diego - What's With This Crazy Weather?
Alex Tardy, meteorologist, National Weather Service.
Alexander Gershunov, climate researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
Forecasters are predicting another hot, humid week for San Diego. Temperatures along the coast will be in the high 70s, and inland they'll reach near 90.
It's not exactly Florida, but it's not the kind of summer weather San Diego residents are used to. Daytime highs have exceeded the average each day for the last couple of months and then there was that very unusual weekend where we saw a downpour of rain — at the coast.
On top of all this, big weather questions remain: What's the likelihood for Santa Ana wind conditions coming up, and what does the new National Climate Assessment predict are the trends in our region?
Alexander Gershunov, a climate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said if dry conditions persist, wild fires could occur this winter.
“If we get another dry year, it’s likely the fuels will stay dry into the winter, which is the peak of the Santa Ana season, when we get the most frequent Santa Ana events," Gershunov said. "And that means we might have elevated fire danger in the middle of winter when it’s typically wet."