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SANTA ANA WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – Santa Ana winds are forecast starting tonight, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour in canyons and mountain passes.  With warm temperatures and humidity dropping as low as 7 percent, fire danger will be high on Sunday and Monday.

Despite a chance of showers Tuesday, a new round of Santa Ana winds is predicted late Wednesday and Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Weather Service.


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ATMOSPHERIC RIVER TO SOAK REGION

By Miriam Raftery

October 21, 2021 (San Diego) – A strong Pacific storm is forecast to bring an “atmospheric river” to Southern California Sunday and Monday. The storm could dump over two inches in some East County communities including El Cajon, Alpine, Julian and Mountain Laguna, with over five inches forecast on Palomar Mountain.  Even high desert areas such as Campo and the Anza Borrego Desert could receive an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego.


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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED TODAY AT 10 AM THROUGH MONDAY AT 9 PM

Source:  County of San Diego

June 27, 2021 (San Diego) - The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for San Diego County deserts and mountains until Monday 6/28/21 at 9:00 p.m. More forecast information and updates are available from the  National Weather Service.


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STRONG WINDS, HOT WEATHER AND A CHANCE OF RAIN FORECAST

East County News Service
 
April 20, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – A heat wave is forecast for today through Thursday, with temperatures up to 96 degrees in the desert and 90-90 degrees in inland valleys.  Strong winds with gusts up to 65 miles per hour in the mountains and up to 55 mph in the deserts are also predicted.
 
There is a chance of drizzle and light rain tonight through Thursday afternoon in coastal, valley and desert regions.

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LIGHT RAIN POSSIBLE NEXT TWO DAYS, BUT HIGH WINDS AND FIRE DANGER BY TUESDAY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
October 24, 2020 (San Diego) –  Measurable rainfall is possible Sunday and Monday, with drizzles Saturday night.  Up to a half inch could fall in mountain areas, though most areas of the county would receive only minimal precipitation in the range of 0.02 to 0.15 inches.
 
Tuesday is expected to be much drier with very low humidity and high fire danger. Moderate Santa Ana Winds are forecast to develop starting Monday, continuing Tuesday with north to northeast winds of 10-20 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 mph, blowing dust in desert areas.

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FIRE CONDITIONS REMAIN HIGH THROUGH THIS WEEKEND

East County News Service
 
October 1, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – A heat wave is forecast to continue through Friday, with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above normal. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 8 p..m Friday
 
High pressure will weaken this weekend, resulting in some slight cooling, but temperatures will remain 5 to 10 degrees above normal. Low clouds during the nights and mornings will return this weekend. 
 
Elevated to near-critical fire weather conditions will persist through the weekend, primarily due to the hot and dry weather and critically dry fuels. Inland humidity will gradually begin to increase this weekend into early next week. 

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EXTREME HEAT AND FIRE RISK FORECAST FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 2, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Scorching heat is forecast starting Friday and building through the Labor Day weekend.This brings “near critical fire weather risk,” with high temperatures and dry air, according to the National Weather Service. Friday through Monday will likely be the hottest days of the year, forecasters predict.

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HEAT WAVE SMASHES RECORDS

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 20, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Triple digit temperatures are forecast yet again tomorrow across portions of San Diego’s inland region.  This week’s scorching heat wave has shattered some all-time records. On August 17, a temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Campo broke the old record of 103 set in 2001.  

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THUNDERSTORMS POSE RISK OF LIGHTNING FIRES AS DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE CONTINUES THIS WEEK

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Over 1,600 lightning strikes have sparked at least 76 fires in northern California in the past 24 hours.  Now thunderstorms are forecast for our region this week, amid a scorching heat wave described as “dangerous” by the National Weather Service. “Record breaking” temperatures may occur, as well as gusty winds, rain, and dangerous lightning Tuesday and Wednesday.


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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR DESERTS

East County News Service

 

July 9, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning Saturday through Monday for San Diego County’s deserts, where temperatures of 115 to 120 degrees are expected.

 


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AS WEATHER HEATS UP, COUNTY OPENS COOL ZONES -- AND OFFERS FREE FANS FOR THOSE HOMEBOUND WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of County News Service

June 13, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – As summer approaches and temperatures heat up, the County will open several “Cool Zones” starting this week.  The Cool Zones will be open from Monday through Friday between 12 noon and 5 p.m.at the following inland locations:


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HEAT WAVE MAY BREAK RECORDS THIS WEEK

By Miriam Raftery
 
May 23, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Memorial Day is going to be toasty, ushering in a heat wave through Friday with temperatures 15 degrees above normal, predicts National Weather Service meteorologist Bruno Rodriguez.

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WINDS HOWLED, RAINS COMING

East County News Service
 
December 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- The winds were howling across East County on Tuesday, December 17th, when more than 50 locations recorded wind speeds above 50 miles per hour, the National Weather Service reports. 

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RED FLAG WARNING: HIGH FIRE DANGER

East County News Service
 
October 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning due to high fire danger beginning early Thursday morning through Friday night. The warning is in effect for San Diego mountains, foothills and inland valleys in San Diego County.

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CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER

By Miriam Raftery 

October 19, 2019 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service is warning of critical fire weather from Sunday through Tuesday locally, with the highest risk on Tuesday. 


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FIRE WEATHER CONTINUES, GUSTY WINDS RETURN THIS WEEK

East County News Service

 

October 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Elevated fire concerns continue this week due to low relative humidity and dry vegetation, with gusty winds starting Tuesday and increasing through Friday. Next weekend could see a return of dangerous Santa Ana conditions.


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FIRE WEATHER FORECAST

East County News Service
 
October 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service predicts moderate Santa Ana winds this week, combined with low humidity for elevated fire danger.
 
While Orange County is forecast to have the most severe conditions,  relative humidity is expected to fall into low double digits in San Diego’s mountain areas and single digits in the desert.  West to northwest winds of 15-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph are anticipated starting Tuesday. By Thursday and Friday, falling humidity is expected to create critical fire weather conditions.  

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SANTA ANA WINDS AND STORMS MAY IMPACT REGION

East County News Service
 
September 23, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Hot, dry weather and Santa Ana winds on Tuesday will keep fire danger elevated. But tropical moisture will bring a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, with potential for heavy downpours, gusty winds, lightning and hail. 
 
Later in the week, gusty winds are possible again on Friday through Sunday, with a chance of more showers Friday night and Saturday.

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WET AND WILD WEATHER GIVES WAY TO WARM AND DRY SUMMER’S END

By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s been a wet and wild week, with dramatic lightning strikes, thunderstorms and hail the size of quarters reported in some parts of San Diego’s East County.  On September 4, the National Weather Service recorded 396 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in a single day.


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HEAT WAVE TO BAKE REGION FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

By Miriam Raftery

August 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A heat wave will bring toasty temperatures in triple digits to our inland region starting Friday through at least Tuesday. The National Weather Service cautions that heat advisories, watches or warnings may be issued due to health risks posed by high heat.


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MONSOONAL MOISTURE BRINGS THUNDERSTORMS, POSSIBLE FLASH FLOODING

East County News Service

 

July 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A high pressure system moving into our region will bring monsoonal moisture capable of producing thunderstorms, heavy downpours, high winds and flash flooding starting Sunday through at least Wednesday. The storms are mainly expected to impact the mountain and desert regions.


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HEAT, THUNDERSTORMS AND RISK OF LIGHTNING FIRES

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: UCSD’s HP Wren camera on Mt. Laguna shows approaching storm
 
July 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – This afternoon’s storm dumped two inches of rain on Mt. Laguna in just a 48-minute period, the National Weather Service reports, with potential flash flooding through 6 p.m. in the mountain areas.

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EXTREME HEAT AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS WEEKEND

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 9, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The weather is heating up, with extreme heat forecast Friday and Saturday.  Lower desert highs of 112-117 degrees are forecast, with upper deserts reaching 100 to 107 degrees.  Mountains and valleys could reach 95 degrees.
 
Thunderstorms have been added to the forecast for Friday afternoon and Saturday.

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DANGEROUS RIP TIDES, HIGH SURF FORECAST FOR JULY 2-4

East County News Service

June 30, 2019 (San Diego) – If you’re planning a beach party or surfing over the holiday weekend, wait until after the 4th of July. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard warning for Tuesday morning through Thursday night, July 2-4 for all south and southwest facing beaches in San Diego and Orange County. The warning is due to elevated surf up to 6 feet high, strong rip currents which can pull swimmers out to sea, and high astronomical tides near 6.7 feet.


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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 9, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for San Diego County’s deserts from Tuesday morning through Wednesday, when high temperatures are forecast to reach 110 to 114 degrees.  


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HIGH WINDS, RAIN SUNDAY NIGHT

 
 
East County News Service
 
May 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - The National Weather Service is forecasting wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour Sunday on mountain crests and desert slopes of San Diego’s East County. 
 
Rain is also forecast across Southern California, with heaviest rains in neighboring San Bernardino County, where up to five inches may fall.  Above 5,500 feet, snow is predicted.
 
Fair weather is expected to return Monday, just in time for Memorial Day picnics and other outdoor activities.

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NEW STORM TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN

 

 

Yet another storm to follow next weekend

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 20, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Another late-season Pacific storm set to hit our region Tuesday night through Wednesday, bringing rain and strong westerly winds over local mountains, deserts and coastal areas. Gusts up to 81 miles an hour are forecast for Mount Laguna, with gusts over 60 mph forecast in Julian and Borrego Springs.


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COLD RECORDS BROKEN IN FEBRUARY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo by Dave Hogan:  Deep snow near his home in the Pine Valley/Mt. Laguna area
 
March 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Across Southern California, February broke records for cold temperatures.  Campo averaged just 42.5 degrees for the month of February, the chilliest since February 1956.  In Ramona, February temperatures averaged 46.8 degrees, tying the all-time record from January 2007.  Alpine’s average 47.7 degrees was the coldest since January 1955 and Palomar Mountain, at a brisk 35.3 degrees, was the coldest since January 1949.

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NEW STORM COULD DROP SNOW DOWN TO 2000 FEET; FROST WARNING IN EFFECT FOR INLAND AREAS

 

East County News Service

Photo: Sunrise HIghway, courtesy of the California Highway Patrol

 

Update 11:40 a.m. -- Update: SR-79 is now open from I-8 to SR-78 into Julian. Chains are not required.Sunrise Highway is open from Olde Highway to MPM 27.5 chains are still mandatory, per the CHP.

 

February 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A new storm slated to pummel our region Wednesday night through Friday morning will bring more snow and blustery winds, possibly dropping the snow level as low as 2,000 feet.  That would include areas such as Ramona, Campo, Descanso and possibly even Alpine and high desert areas. 

 

State Route 79 is still closed from Harvey Moore Trailhead (mile post marker 5) to SR-78. Sunrise Highway is closed from MPM 27.5 to SR-79. Sunrise Highway from MPM 27.5 south to Olde Hwy 80 is only open to vehicles with chains and chain requirements will strictly be enforced, CHP warns.


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MORE RAIN FORECAST

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Light rain is possible late tonight through the weekend and Monday. While Tuesday should be clear, another “atmospheric river” will arrive Wednesday through Friday, bringing heavy rains, says National Weather Service forecaster James Brotherton.  Moderate to major flooding could occur Wednesday and Thursday, with minor flooding earlier in the week in some areas.

Several inches of snow are possible above 3,500 feet.


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