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Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Could Be the Hottest Year in California

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

  • National Climate Data Center
Perhaps you've already noticed that it's been a damn hot year in California. That's not your imagination.  According to National Climate Data Center records, the Golden State is experiencing the hottest year its had in 120 years. 

And while the rents here are unbearable, the weather is not. San Francisco isn't nearly as warm as the other regions in the state, and we're only coping with the eighth warmest year in 144 years.

Dwayne Dykema, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, explains why the city isn't breaking any records this year.
"San Francisco has the longest climate date in our area and maybe even in the state," Dykema said. "So that's pretty impressive."

California's record heat of 63 degrees has averaged 4.3 degrees higher than its 20th century average of 59.6 degrees, according to the NCDC report.

We'll have to wait out the rest of the year to determine whether the state's record warm will hold up, as the report only covers January to October. If the warming trend continues, then you can expect San Francisco to set some records of its own. 

So far, the outlook appears cold: San Francisco won't be experiencing heat waves this week — in fact we'll probably see some rain. "There is a potential for periodic rain starting Wednesday and every other day after," said Dykema. "We’re getting into a pattern that does bring periodic chances of rain."

Well, that's good news for the drought. 
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