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June 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
El Paso, with average summer temperatures above 93 degrees and relative humidity over 70%, is the sweatiest city in the United States, a study found. Scientist Tim Long calculated heat indexes and relative humidity levels to come up with his top 100 sweatiest U.S. cities. The next four are Greenville, S.C.; Phoenix; Corpus Christi, Texas; and New Orleans.
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June 1, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
More than 900 firefighters on Saturday continued to battle the 3,600 acre Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita area on what officials said was the hottest day of the week. The wildfire is only 15% contained, and firefighters are working with hot, dry conditions that could hamper their efforts, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service.   “Today's the hottest day of the week, we'll have more favorable weather coming in tomorrow,” said Judy, adding that officials will have a better idea about when they'll reach full containment once they get through Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
More than 900 firefighters on Saturday continued to battle the 3,600 acre Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita area on what officials said was the hottest day of the week. The wildfire is only 15% contained, and firefighters are working with hot, dry conditions that could hamper their efforts, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service.   “Today's the hottest day of the week, we'll have more favorable weather coming in tomorrow,” said Judy, adding that officials will have a better idea about when they'll reach full containment once they get through Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Rosanna Xia
Fueled by 100-degree temperatures and shifting winds, the Powerhouse fire swept into the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas Saturday night, threatening homes and forcing new evacuations. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said there were unconfirmed reports that structures had burned in the Lake Hughes area, but the smoke was too thick and visibility too poor to confirm. The three-day-old fire has burned 5,661 acres and is only 20% contained. The Los Angeles County fire and sheriff's departments ordered evacuations Saturday night from San Francisquito Canyon Road to Elizabeth Lake Road and areas south of Lake Hughes Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1997 | ED BOND
Now that a flow of subtropical air that brought moisture and humidity has left the area, the weather in the San Fernando Valley will be more pleasant and seasonal this week. "The bottom line is it's going to feel a lot less muggy," said Rob Krohn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The area will still have late-night and early-morning low clouds and fog typical for this time of year, but afternoons will not be as humid, he said.
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June 27, 2012 | By Tony Barboza and Connie Stewart
Help came from the heavens Wednesday when heavy rains drenched the Flagstaff fire near Boulder, Colo., but officials warned that even days of such weather couldn't alleviate the bone-dry conditions that have inflicted weeks of wildfires on the West.  Firefighters responded to a series of lightning-sparked spot fires during the thunderstorm but managed to extinguish them. And thanks to the rain, the relative humidity rose to 50% and triple-digit temperatures plunged into the 70s. Earlier in the day, Boulder had braced for evacuations as the flames approached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Rosanna Xia
Fueled by 100-degree temperatures and shifting winds, the Powerhouse fire swept into the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas Saturday night, threatening homes and forcing new evacuations. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said there were unconfirmed reports that structures had burned in the Lake Hughes area, but the smoke was too thick and visibility too poor to confirm. The three-day-old fire has burned 5,661 acres and is only 20% contained. The Los Angeles County fire and sheriff's departments ordered evacuations Saturday night from San Francisquito Canyon Road to Elizabeth Lake Road and areas south of Lake Hughes Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1986
Rain, wind and clouds returned to Southern California on Tuesday as the first in what could be a series of storms rolled in from the Pacific. By late afternoon, intermittent showers were reported off the coast near Point Conception and in the Antelope Valley and Death Valley. But the National Weather Service said they were just a sample of things to come. Meteorologists estimated that most areas stood a 60% chance of rain overnight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1987
Gusty desert winds should be the only thing to mar an otherwise pleasant Thanksgiving Day, forecasters said Wednesday. The National Weather Service said north-to-northeast winds of up to 40 m.p.h. are expected, prompting the issuance of wind advisories for local passes and canyons. The dry Santa Ana gusts, caused by a high-pressure area over Nevada, should decrease by Friday, forecasters added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2008 | Dan Weikel
The National Weather Service on Saturday issued red flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties as autumn's first Santa Ana winds increased the risk of wildfires in Southern California. The warnings will be in effect today through Tuesday because forecasts call for an extended period of dry weather and strong northeast winds, a weather service spokesman said. Red flag warnings are issued when wind speeds reach 25 mph or greater and the relative humidity is 15% or less. Meteorologists predict that the strongest winds will occur Monday and Tuesday mornings, when gusts up to 60 mph are possible in the mountains and foothills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire in Banning that was being stoked by fierce winds had grown to 1,500 acres Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of firefighters struggled to gain headway against the blaze.  The Summit fire forced authorities to evacuate about 500 residents as flames burned near homes, the Riverside County Fire Department said. At least one structure was damaged by the flames. Television footage showed huge walls of flame being pushed across parched mountainsides as dry easterly winds up to 29 mph blew across the area.
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June 27, 2012 | By Tony Barboza and Connie Stewart
Help came from the heavens Wednesday when heavy rains drenched the Flagstaff fire near Boulder, Colo., but officials warned that even days of such weather couldn't alleviate the bone-dry conditions that have inflicted weeks of wildfires on the West.  Firefighters responded to a series of lightning-sparked spot fires during the thunderstorm but managed to extinguish them. And thanks to the rain, the relative humidity rose to 50% and triple-digit temperatures plunged into the 70s. Earlier in the day, Boulder had braced for evacuations as the flames approached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Dennis Montano stood on a corner in Granada Hills one recent brisk morning, lifted his nose to the sky and sniffed. "Right now, I don't smell anything," Montano said. That was good news for the embattled Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The disposal site operates roughly a mile away in Sylmar but has roiled the Granada Hills North neighborhood with a potpourri of foul smells. In the face of numerous complaints and dozens of public nuisance violations, the company has organized an "odor patrol team" in an effort to improve community relations and comply with state regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2008 | Dan Weikel
The National Weather Service on Saturday issued red flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties as autumn's first Santa Ana winds increased the risk of wildfires in Southern California. The warnings will be in effect today through Tuesday because forecasts call for an extended period of dry weather and strong northeast winds, a weather service spokesman said. Red flag warnings are issued when wind speeds reach 25 mph or greater and the relative humidity is 15% or less. Meteorologists predict that the strongest winds will occur Monday and Tuesday mornings, when gusts up to 60 mph are possible in the mountains and foothills.
NATIONAL
June 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
El Paso, with average summer temperatures above 93 degrees and relative humidity over 70%, is the sweatiest city in the United States, a study found. Scientist Tim Long calculated heat indexes and relative humidity levels to come up with his top 100 sweatiest U.S. cities. The next four are Greenville, S.C.; Phoenix; Corpus Christi, Texas; and New Orleans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The final remains of former Tropical Storm Frank refused a timely burial Monday, lingering over Southern California in a vast cloud of warm, damp air that produced uncomfortable temperatures and a few light sprinkles. Compared to Sunday's weather--which included some heavy rains, a few flash floods and high temperatures in the 100s that set several records in the Los Angeles Basin--Monday's was a dud. There was some more rain, but barely enough to dampen sidewalks in most communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | JACK LEONARD and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The thermometer climbed to a sticky 98 degrees at the Los Angeles Civic Center on Thursday, but it felt more like 102--not enough to prompt an excessive heat warning, but more than enough to make anyone outside miserable. "It's unbearable," said Olga Quezada as she paused to buy a hot dog from a stand on the blistering sidewalk of Grand Avenue atop Bunker Hill. The vendor, Alfredo Garcia, had a different complaint--although drink sales were up, the heat was cutting into his hot dog sales.
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June 28, 1985 | TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writer
Marine moisture turned a hot day into a muggy one Thursday for most of Southern California, but the National Weather Service predicted a cooler--and drier--weekend. High temperature at Los Angeles Civic Center reached 95 degrees, which probably would not have seemed too warm if it had not been for the dampness of the air. Relative humidity hit 75% at about 4 a.m., and only declined to 35% by mid-afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The burning question: Why is it so hot? The simple answer: Because it's summer in Southern California. But actually it's not as hot as you think. Sure, your makeup is dripping off your face and your car is a crucible. Meteorologists say high temperatures coupled with relative humidity make up the heat index, also known as the misery meter. Humidity is basically water vapor, said WeatherData meteorologist Wes Etheredge, and that is what causes the air to feel heavy and, above all, hot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1997 | JACK LEONARD and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The thermometer climbed to a sticky 98 degrees at the Los Angeles Civic Center on Thursday, but it felt more like 102--not enough to prompt an excessive heat warning, but more than enough to make anyone outside miserable. "It's unbearable," said Olga Quezada as she paused to buy a hot dog from a stand on the blistering sidewalk of Grand Avenue atop Bunker Hill. The vendor, Alfredo Garcia, had a different complaint--although drink sales were up, the heat was cutting into his hot dog sales.
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