What's With the Weather?

Fires hundreds of miles away is making an impact on our weather

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Some long timers call the current haziness "earthquake weather."

    The current heatwave is keeping temperatures toasty, but in certain areas smoky skies are keeping some from seeing the sun. 

    Monday night in the South Bay, you could hear folks talking about the unusual haze -- many referred to it as "earthquake weather."

    Monday was a spare the air day, so smog was a factor in the gray muck that seemed to hover over much of the inland valleys. 

    There was a separate factor in the haze that originated several hundred miles away.   A fire in Shasta County is bringing in smoke from the north and a fire in Santa Barbara County is bringing in smoke from the south.   Our wind will be blowing from the southwest so send your complaints to the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

    Fire dispatchers say they have received dozens of calls complaining about the smoke, but add they can't do anything about wind conditions.

    A Website tracks air quality throughout the country and it shows lots and lots of trouble spots right now in California. The combination of heat and fires is a terrible mix when it comes to particulate matter.
         
    From the weather department -- here's the official forecast:  The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be sunny Tuesday with areas of coastal fog in the morning with highs in the mid 60s to upper 70s near the coast and mid 80s to a few mid 90s inland.

    Tonight the Bay Area is expected to be mostly clear with fog developing after midnight. Low temperatures in the 50s to lower 60s.

    More sunny skies are on tap for Wednesday which is pretty much a carbon copy of today.

    Here's the latest on the Shasta fires from the Associated Press"

    One of several lightning-caused fires in Northern California is endangering a handful of homes and prompting evacuations.

    Firefighters were evacuating 10 homes and one business in Shasta County northwest of Burney, more than 200 miles north of Sacramento.

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman James Stewart says fire crews are cutting more lines to protect houses.

    The blaze was sparked by an Aug. 2 lightning storm and grew overnight from 4,300 acres to 5,000 acres -- nearly eight square miles. It was almost 70 percent contained on Tuesday.

    Firefighters say they also are nearing containment on other fires in Shasta, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.