Sunday, May 18, 2008


Is it finally over? Within the last half hour a nice cool fog moved in on Eureka, at least where I live. How Cool (pardon the pun)! These last few days it's been too hot for me. I'd forgotten that when it's warm outside, in this house you need to go outside to cool off. Poorly insulated house, this one is.

I remember a similar heat wave in Eureka back in '74(?), except it was later in the summer- July or August. It was in the 80s for 3, 4 maybe 5 days. Even though I was relatively new up here back then it was pretty miserable. Sit around the house sweating and you'd finally go take a shower to cool and wash off the sweat. Didn't seem to work because, within 15 minutes after getting out of the shower, you'd be all sweaty again.

I hope the fog stays in for the day.


At 8:10 AM, Blogger Kym said...

You've given me hope. It has been so hot here in Southern Humboldt.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Well, gives a high of 66 for today, but I believe they were wrong the last three days. I thought the fog looked like it was getting thicker. Now it looks like it's trying to lift.

We shall see.

Santa- Rosa Press Democrat says it's expected to be cooler in Sonoma County today by 6 degrees. 80 instead of 86 I think it said.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Greg said...

The fog just lifted in Loleta. Since I'm refinishing the front door, this is a good thing.

The rhodies are wilted and the wisteria is wilting from the heat. They don't call it global warming anymore. It's "climate change".

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall the "heat wave" which I believe was in 1975. Two of us arson investigator types flew here from Southern California to take an FBI taught Firearms Instructor (Rangemaster) Course at the College of the Redwoods. The temperatures were in the mid to upper 80's and all the locals were complaining. We, however, were quite comfortable.

Now, if you want to talk hot you should have been in the audience at the noon HSU graduation ceremony yesterday... sweltering!

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Fog lifted here, too. Probably going to be warm again, but hopefully not as warm as yesterday.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger beachcomber said...

I'm with you Fred. I'm not a fan of heat...a very happy girl at about 65 degrees. It has been nice to have windows open especially at night. It looks to be cooling down a bit so we'll have to find something else to talk about around here.

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Only 60 degrees in Eureka now, according to, but there's a slight cool breeze out of the north which makes it rather nice for me. House is still a bit warm, though. Time to turn off the pilot light on the gas heater, maybe?

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This even underscores how useless the National Weather Service forecasts are. High of what, 79 degrees for the coast while it's 92 in Arcata and McKinleyville? We need microclimate forecasting like virtually every other region of the US.

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Meteorologists" make such a high percentage of errors in their work! Anybody else would be fired.

Do we even know if the weather forecasters are right more often than they are wrong?

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Someone asked the question of KIEM Channel 6 weatherdude, Jim Bernard, some years ago. He answered it on air saying they have a 90 or 95 percent accuracy rate.

I don't know that I'd go that high but, in fairness to them, weather forecasting isn't an exact science and probably never will be. There's too many variables to consider and all they can do is give percentages based on any number of possible result models.

You've got the sun, wind, oceans all kinds of pressure variables that need to be accounted for. Those forces don't interact in exactly predictable levels, even in the big picture.

I think there's also some other things we see involved such as what they feel is liability and yes, even pride.

Maybe it's just me but it seems that they tend to up the worst case scenario of their forecasts after they have a major screw up, like that big windstorm that just showed up a few years ago and wasn't in the forecast.

I got the impression that, after that, they were more willing to forecast more rain, wind or whatever just to cover their ass. I can't blame them if they actually did start hyping their forecasts, but can't say for sure they did.

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Bernard does a good job in forecasting the temperature, but not the rain or the wind. None of them do.

We the Taxpayers pay for weather satelites that send so much data back to earth the computers that can handle the information haven't been developed yet.

So you'd think the forecasters could be more accurate than they are.

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank heaven for the fog! We're off Wednesday to Sacramento for the weekend and the forcast is for the middle 80s--just at the top of our heat range.


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