Earth Log

July 15, 2014

Sauna-like morning, but no thunderstorm in Fresno

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Mark Grossi's dispatches from the Valley battle with air quality and water use

A thunderstorm pounded Yosemite National Park Monday afternoon, a pretty common Sierra Nevada sight in summer. But how often do you see a July thunderstorm in Fresno?

I checked with the National Weather Service records and found three over the last 20 years -- two of which happened in the last three years. I haven't seen evidence of a thunderstorm in Fresno this week.

We're getting tropical moisture coming from the southeast, according to the satellite loops I've been watching. It felt pretty tropical this morning, which is a nice way of saying it was a miserable morning.

The National Weather Service says the temperatures might be backing off a little, but not much. The sauna-like conditions might ease up a bit by the weekend, the forecast suggests.

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Mark Grossi has the pulse of the San Joaquin Valley ecosystem, writing since 1993 about subjects such as the region's notorious air quality, the restoration of the San Joaquin River and unhealthy drinking water in rural towns. Twitter: @markgrossi Email Mark at or call him at 559-441-6316.

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