It’s the least, wonderful time, of the year*

*With apologies to Andy Williams (singer), Edward Pola and George Wyle (songwriters).

Aaaaand the Santa Ana winds arrive in Socal. It’s 11am and 98 degrees F, with the hot air flow from the desert (from the east) cancelling out any ocean air flow from the west. Our heat index is 179! This is worst case fire weather. Too hot to do anything outdoors.

Forecasters say this will only last two days, but in my experience once these things grab the local weather pattern, they don’t let go easily. Stay tuned.

Update at 1130am. 99 degrees with a heat index of 190! See the National Weather Service table for heat indices below. 190 is a very dangerous situation for anyone who has to work outdoors (actually, if it were true, it would be a world record).

Update # 2: It’s now 1pm, 102 degrees with a heat index of 207. I think I’ll go dig a ditch.

More seriously, it’s a perfect day to read and write indoors with AC. So that’s my gig. Heat strokes aren’t fun.