Summer of extremes continues across California • Earth.com

Last update: November 12th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the unprecedented ocean heat that is contributing to the intensity of the 2018 summer season in California.

This summer has been plagued by extreme heat waves and wildfires across the state.

Record ocean temperatures were documented along the coast of La Jolla on August 1st at 78.6 degrees, exceeding the record of 78.4 degrees that was set in 1931.

Bill Patzert is a retired NASA climatologist, who explained: “The primary driver of these warm ocean temperatures is the persistence of continental atmospheric high pressure that has dominated western weather.”

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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