Had enough of the heat yet? Fresno temperatures have been above average the whole warm season – June, July, August, September and especially October .
You can throw in January, February, March and April, too. In this drought year, every month has been warmer than average.
In the first 12 days of October, the San Joaquin Valley has exceeded the eight-hour federal ozone standard seven times. Heat, sunlight and stagnant conditions often mean the air turns corrosive here.
The Valley continues to lead the nation this year in breaches of the ozone standard, but only by the slimmest margin. The score is Valley 95, South Coast Basin 94 and nobody else even close.
The record-pace warmth and the ozone breaches could all go away quickly if nature just turns down the heat a little.
Last year, the Valley started having some air-quality problems in the middle of October, spiking seven ozone exceedances. The last one was only a few days from Halloween.
And the new wood-burning rules for fireplaces kick in Nov. 1. Talk about whiplash.