Record Heat In California

On June 17, 1859, Santa Barbara, California was so hot that no humans could be outside, and there was widespread destruction of animals and plants.  Fruit burned on one side and fell to the ground.

13 Aug 1859, 2 – Pointe Coupee Democrat at

133 degrees in the shade in LA.

June 1859 temperatures in the shade were 133 Degrees in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara

Meanwhile, the press pimps imaginary record heat in California, during the coolest nine months on record in the US.


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3 Responses to Record Heat In California

  1. Brian D says:

    Here’s a reanalysis from 1851-2014 of that region. Covers California and Nevada. Looks like during the 1870’s and 1930’s, there was some seriously hot weather.

    • Charles Higley says:

      It is also rather likely that a portion of the warmth in the later 20th century is urban heat island effects, which is why it looks so relatively broad.

  2. Squidly says:

    For the golf enthusiasts out there, last week through this weekend was the 119th US Open Golf Tournament. This year the tournament was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is located Monterey CA, south of San Jose CA. While the weather was quite benign during the tournament this year, the temperatures were not. This was the coldest US Open ever played at Pebble Beach. High temperatures Saturday and Sunday failed to make the 60°F mark (mid 50’s all weekend).

    I am curious how they could be boasting about record high temperatures in Kommiefornistan while patrons at the US Open were literally freezing their rear ends off. Was there some sort of magic cold bubble over Pebble Beach too?

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