Holy Moley Molten Temps, Batman!

104 Degrees Outside Clarke Broadcasting, Sonora, CA on July 29, 2015

Photo by Tracey Petersen

Photo by Tracey Petersen

The American Red Cross Gold Country office has shared some timely tips that we’ve only slightly editorialized before posting here for our KBBN Friends – some of these you might already know, and at least one you may not — to tackle the triple-digit heat…

  • Opt for lightweight, light-colored clothing (take it from someone who wore black outside in last week’s 90-something temps and nearly passed out; it makes a huge difference)
  • Carry water or juice around with you, and partake of it on an ongoing basis, even if you do not feel particularly thirsty. Avoid dehydrating liquids like caffeine and alcohol (hmmm, this might call for more near-beers in the Yeti 110 cooler)
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Too, avoid foods that are high in protein because they boost your body’s metabolic heat (wow, we did not know that — finally, a near-perfect excuse to swap that protein bar for a Pop Tart!)
  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician (don’t use ’em — but if you do, consider this words for the wise)
  • To the best of your abilities, avoid strenuous activity or take regular breaks, preferably in the shade when you’re active outside (and if you have a choice, consider staying indoors by the AC!)

Will El Niño Bring Rain Or Nada?

Stormy Skies Over Sonora

Photo by Tori James

Weather experts lining up the probabilities of a strong El Niño this winter bringing the Mother Lode much in the way of rain can’t really say how we’ll wind up, wet weather-wise, it turns out.

Specific-to-Sonora weather history that dates back to 1950 shows five strong El Niño events since then. Of them, three gave us 60 percent above normal precipitation. Over El Niño winters that occurred during 1958, 1973, 1983, 1992, and 1998, rainfall totals were all over the board. Kind of like the way I throw darts, unfortunately. For example, in 1992, we got 36 inches, which is about three-quarters of normal, precipitation-wise. In 1983, however, Sonora was soaked with over 88 inches of rain — which is 177 percent of average. The winter of 1973’s total of about 52 inches was just above average for the city.

So what have we learned here? Don’t challenge me to a dart match unless you plan to take cover, and keep up those drought-inspired rain dances but perhaps not too relentlessly! Weather nerds hankering for more a bit more data may click here.