1991 California Fire Destroyed 3,000 Homes And Killed 25 People

Before your SUV ruined the climate, a California fire destroyed one home every 11 seconds.

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10 Responses to 1991 California Fire Destroyed 3,000 Homes And Killed 25 People

  1. Ken says:

    Unprecedented. /nosarc

    Sad.

  2. John F. Hultquist says:

    Southern California has a hot & dry high-sun season and a moist low sun season, often called a Mediterranean Climate; Köppen Climate Classification System Csb for the coast and Csa for inland. The nearby mountains and canyons influence air flow (winds) as described in this:

    The Santa Ana Winds in Historical Photos and Literature

    http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/santa-ana-winds-history.html

    Near the bottom are photos from 1948, ’53, & ’61. The winds and fire have
    been noted in stories of the native people before arrival of Europeans. The air warms by compression as it rushes downslope. This will happen regardless of the temperature over the source regions. A quote from the Wikipedia page: “It is often said that the air is heated and dried as it passes through the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, but according to meteorologists this is a popular misconception. The Santa Ana winds usually form during autumn and early spring when the surface air in the elevated regions of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert (the “high desert”) becomes cool or even cold (although they may form at virtually any time of year).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Ana_winds#Meteorology

  3. John F. Hultquist says:

    Add to the previous

    Reading for historic perspective:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/15/opinion/oe-rutten15

    It’s interesting to recall that our worst single fire preceded urbanization. During the last week of September, the Great Fire of 1889 burned more than 300,000 acres in northern San Diego County and southern Orange County, killing thousands of sheep and destroying the unharvested barley crop.

  4. Password protected says:

    No record high temps since the invention of the SUV.

    Highest Recorded Temperatures
    Below is a table of the highest recorded temperatures for each continent. Death Valley, Calif., tops the list, hitting a stifling 134 degrees in 1913.

    Place

    Date

    Degrees
    Fahrenheit

    Degrees
    Celsius

    North America

    Furnace Creek Ranch (Death Valley), Calif., USA

    July 10, 1913

    134.0

    56.7

    Asia

    Tirat Tsvi, Israel

    June 21, 1942

    129.2

    54.0

    Africa1

    Kebili, Tunisia

    July 7, 1931

    131.0

    55.0

    Australia

    Oodnadatta, South Australia

    Jan. 2, 1960

    123.0

    50.7

    Europe

    Athens, Greece (and Elefsina, Greece)

    July 10, 1977

    118.4

    48.0

    South America

    Rivadavia, Argentina

    Dec. 11, 1905

    120.0

    48.9

    Oceania

    Tuguegarao, Philippines

    April 20, 1912

    108.0

    42.2

    Antarctica

    Vanda Station, Scott Coast

    Jan. 5, 1974

    59.0

    15.0

    Read more: Highest Recorded Temperatures | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001375.html#ixzz31uIHrtFx

    • tom0mason says:

      It’s readable – just.
      Wordpress has removed your formating but if you put <blockquote> before your text and then … </blockquote> after the formating is ususally retained.
      See – http://wattsupwiththat.com/test-2/ for formatting examples and a test page (would be nice to have at this site but you can’t have it all I suppose).

      • tom0mason says:

        Just another thing, don’t try Googling for help on WordPress formating. It is an errand that is less than worthless. If you do you will get 1,000,000 hits for totally irrelavent sites.
        I’ve tried to find it on WordPress’s main site and had to give up. Obviously WordPress want to keep this sort of information a secret from mere commenters on WP sites.

        So site owners have had to get used to the fact that some of us are not good typists or good at remembering the arcane rules of formating. It’s a painful lesson but when you break the rules of formating, you often will be chastised and ridiculed for just not knowing or forgetting.
        Just smile and carry on.

      • tom0mason says:

        Lets test the theory and see if it works –

        Highest Recorded Temperatures
        Below is a table of the highest recorded temperatures for each continent. Death Valley, Calif., tops the list, hitting a stifling 134 degrees in 1913.

        Place Date Degrees
        Fahrenheit Degrees
        Celsius
        North America Furnace Creek Ranch (Death Valley), Calif., USA July 10, 1913 134.0 56.7
        Asia Tirat Tsvi, Israel June 21, 1942 129.2 54.0
        Africa1 Kebili, Tunisia July 7, 1931 131.0 55.0
        Australia Oodnadatta, South Australia Jan. 2, 1960 123.0 50.7
        Europe Athens, Greece (and Elefsina, Greece) July 10, 1977 118.4 48.0
        South America Rivadavia, Argentina Dec. 11, 1905 120.0 48.9
        Oceania Tuguegarao, Philippines April 20, 1912 108.0 42.2
        Antarctica Vanda Station, Scott Coast Jan. 5, 1974 59.0 15.0

  5. Anneke9 says:

    My husband lost everything he owned in that fire except for his gas-guzzling 1971 Maverick. They don’t make them like they used to.

    • Anneke9 says:

      Everything else on the street was burned to ashes. The Maverick was parked on the curbed, unscathed, except for singed tires.

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