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Hotter Than Usual?
updated: Jul 29, 2014, 8:30 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Has this summer been warmer than usual? I was just checking the 7-day and another full week of mid to high 80's expected. Isn't this type of coastal weather typically reserved for the fall in our town?

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 COMMENT 540312 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:39 AM

World wide climate change is a reality---unless you're a Republican, of course!


 COMMENT 540314P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:50 AM

Right, 312.


 COMMENT 540319P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:54 AM

Santa Barbara has seasons?


 COMMENT 540324 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:12 AM

This is typical weather for Santa Barbara in June and July. August and September are usually the more summer type months. This is been my experience anyway.


 COMMENT 540325P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:26 AM

I've noticed the days seem to be a lot more pleasant this summer, sunnier, but didn't know if it was my meds or …?


 COMMENT 540329 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:40 AM

Monsoon season! It is quite common for a humid airmass to advect north and west into California during high summer and early fall. It often provides some beautiful cloudscapes, in contrast to the two usual summer weather types: cloudless blue sky, or the fog, drizzle, low cloud and damp chilly breeze associated with the marine layer.


 COMMENT 540332 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:48 AM

I'm so sorry, but your reservation for mild weather was declined. In the future, avoid all carbon emissions and we can accommodate you.


 COMMENT 540334 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:53 AM

They believe god created world according to the Book of Genesis but won't believe climate change is man-made and that 97% of scientific studies agree so.


 COMMENT 540336 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:56 AM

My mother believes in neither.


 COMMENT 540339 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:00 AM

Seems like the world's climate has been changing since the last ice age.


 COMMENT 540346 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:12 AM

No this is very typical for this time of year. However this is probably the most uncomfortable that I have felt this time of year since perhaps August of 1997. I remember melting when I was a TA at UCSB that summer.


 COMMENT 540372 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:50 AM

It's not the heat, it's the humility.


 COMMENT 540381 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:05 AM

@ 372 Thank you, Monsoons can happen this time of year or not. Rain can happen in winter as well, or not.


 COMMENT 540383 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:07 AM

This seems pretty typical-although, if I remember correctly, we typically have more foggy mornings during Fiesta week than we've been having lately. The lightning strike at Venice Beach, however, seemed pretty freakish to me! WTH was that all about? I don't recall ever hearing of such an occurrence in CA, and I've lived here all my life.


 COMMENT 540398 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:19 AM

Yes, lightning is a rare occurrence here, but I distinctly remember getting pulled off our local Muni golf course a few times because of lightning storms.


 COMMENT 540412 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:47 AM

No big deal. Typical Fiesta weather. (4th generation Santa Barbarian).


 COMMENT 540415 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:53 AM

The lightning strike was god insisting that climate change was all his idea, and he's getting busy zapping all the 97%'ers. Unfortunately, climate change also limits his recharge cycle time on lightning, so it's going to take one or two millennia to accomplish, if ever. The moral of this story, is that climate change effects EVERYBODY.


 COMMENT 540420 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:09 PM

Coastal ocean temperatures in our area are above average this summer. This is due to a possible moderate El Nino event expected this winter.

The ocean cools our coastal climate like a natural air conditioner. When the ocean warms up, it weakens that effect.


 COMMENT 540435P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:41 PM

416 - so the force of gravity has changed? the laws of thermodynamics have changed? Earth is not longer flat? Earth no longer circles the sun? Earth and Mars have changed places? the moon has moved to Mars? plants no longer absorb CO2 and mammals no longer breathe oxygen?

I could go on. But it would be easier to ask what has actually changed?


 COMMENT 540436 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:46 PM

416 - I think you need to study what you preach. Not only is the Bible a fable, its changed a lot over the years. Many, many changes including the removal and addition of books and prophets, stories and facts.

If you're going to call the other side out, dont you think you should know what you're talking about?


 COMMENT 540439 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:17 PM

the wisdom of man is foolishness in the eyes of god.


 COMMENT 540441P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:22 PM

This summer has had less fog, more humidity than usual, in my estimation. I do believe in the first law of thermodynamics, but still on the fence about gravity.


 COMMENT 540443 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:23 PM

Humidity does seem to be more noticeable these last many weeks. And something else, too...OK--hang on to your sombreros, gents, and ladies, your fans--some of us have been discussing hot flashes, as in "just started again after months/years" or "multiplying in frequency". We controlled for the ever-rising societal stress factor; so what else but that dang humidity accounts for this? Climate change, God, El Nino? Gotta go stick my head in the freezer...


 COMMENT 540447 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:33 PM

I have yet to talk to anyone with a 5000 year perspective on the weather so in the meanwhile I do my level best to enjoy every day and the weather it brings because tomorrow is not promised to any of us. This particular spot of weather is fab for my skin and bleh for my hair - you can't have everything but living here brings it pretty close.


 COMMENT 540457P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:59 PM

Three words.

"James Hansen. Grandchildren."

One whose predictions decades ago were right on the money, and who is also concerned about someone other than himself.


 COMMENT 540462P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:10 PM

Typical weather. Sometimes the humidity is more evident. I seem to remember a summer not too long ago where we were all moaning about the prolonged humidity.

Guaranteed it will be a hot sunny day when those poor Fiesta horses have to trudge along the black asphalt on State St.


 COMMENT 540464 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:13 PM

I'm telling my college age kids if I was them I would seriously think twice about bringing children into this warming planet. The future of the planet looks bleak.


 COMMENT 540467 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:24 PM

Please explain, in detail, exactly how global warming is causing the weather to change. From the time I fart methane and exhale Co2, and release hydrocarbons and O3 and Co from my car, to the point of noticeable weather pattern disruption. Thank you.


 COMMENT 540472 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:30 PM

The one comment that is true is that the weather in Santa Barbara is over priced no matter what the temperature is!


 COMMENT 540475 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:39 PM

Good Idea. NOBODY have children, that will show this stupid weather who is boss. And if Science is so powerful, wouldn't we just evolve to adapt to the warming climate? And if you say evolution takes place gradually over a very long period of time, shouldn't we start now?


 COMMENT 540478 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:49 PM


A good deal of energy from the sun reaches the earth every day. Since the earth is not white, and has an atmosphere, some of the energy entering the system gets trapped. This is not new of course. As the composition of the atmosphere changes, it's tendency to retain heat also changes. So called "greenhouse gases" have the effect of trapping some of the heat that would otherwise radiate back into space--this is basic physics and well understood. As the amount of heat/energy in our global system increases, it doesn't simply make it universally warmer everywhere, it has the effect of increasing volatility in weather and amplifying the magnitude of extreme weather events.


 COMMENT 540484 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 03:27 PM

467 Climate is the forest, weather events are the trees. What happens to one tree stays with one tree. What happens with many trees consistently over time affects the forest. Like in our Los Padres National Forest. Many trees are experiencing beetle infestations, and so many individual trees have it that it's an epidemic in the forest. Now the forest has a beetle infestation, that shows itself in the individual trees.

One tornado or one rainstorm or one hot spell does not equal climate change. But a series of such events changed from their normal patterns over time and with consistency shows that the climate is changing, and that shows up in individual weather events. More hot weather for a longer time, more rainstorms, more intense hurricanes. More heat trapped in the atmosphere means the place is getting hotter, although not every day and not in every port. Not every tree gets a beetle infestation either but it's an epidemic.


 COMMENT 540495 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:00 PM

What about that other greenhouse gas-water vapor? Doesn't it make up a lot more of the atmosphere than carbon dioxide? And doesn't water vapor retain more heat than carbon dioxide?

What made the ice age disappear? Fred Flintstone's car?


 COMMENT 540498 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:12 PM

It's liberal hatched psuedoscience so big government can tell me what kind of car to drive and tax me more.


 COMMENT 540500 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:17 PM

more intense hurricanes ???
not during the last 3 years or so.... and definatly not this year...


 COMMENT 540503 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:50 PM

478 has the answer. The last sentence says it all. If you can't understand the topic get out of the conversation. Physics say that the larger the difference in temp- the larger the action and opposite reaction. We live in a easy climate. Look at phoenix's weather the last few summers. It is getting hotter no matter WHO is at fault. It just is. Now what can we do to make the best of it? Create energy using heat in the desert? Solar heat to heat a city in winter? Lets figure out a way to use all that energy to our benefit. Lets get over political BS and get something that benefits people while we try to live with it.
PS China will not listen to such whining about the environment , and they have the most new polluters.
We better figure some way to use that extra heat.


 COMMENT 540508P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 05:32 PM

If you want to learn about what is happening to the climate, go to the following link. How many people know that there were huge fires in Russia this year, in an area that is usually not hot. That methane gas is bubbling up from what were once frozen tundras. CO2 is the most important green house gas right now; but methane is far worse.


He sources all of his posts with data reported by NASA, NOAA, and other institutions that are studying what is happening on Earth.



 COMMENT 540510P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 05:47 PM

Religion is organized ignorance, so it resists knowledge. Just plan ignorance is curable, but when you throw in imagined divinities it becomes pathological.


 COMMENT 540555P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:47 PM

498 says: it's liberal hatched psuedoscience so big government can tell me what kind of car to drive and tax me more.

Not if you figure the government incentives to provide solar and electric car rebates. They are paying part of our CO2 reduction and then they lose money on the gas taxes we don't pay. The more we adopt electric cars, the more the government loses.

But more to your point, the government also stands to lose many strategic options and also will have to spend far more if carbon credits are implemented. That goes for China and Japan as well. Yet, they all agree on Global Climate change as a serious problem to tackle. Why on earth would China- one of the most dishonest countries and one of the biggest coal users and polluters in the world- voluntarily agree that it needs to reduce its own carbon footprint along with the industrialized world?

This is an honest question. I can't debate the science, but I can't debate relativity with you either. Doesn't mean I think it is probably wrong or a conspiracy. Any scientist who could conclusively prove the theory of climate change wrong would win the Nobel prize.

Yet, 98% of enviro scientists subscribe to this theory. Admittedly for me, my intuition feels they are overreaching in their claims. And yes, we've had big shifts without the presence of man- e.g., the Ice Age melted long before we came along. So, I'm with all the naysayers there. I find Climate Change theory to be difficult to believe as a predictive model. But I have to side with the experts for the moment and I also need to consider that the worst CO2 actors in the world- China, US, Europe, Japan, all subscribe to CC theory.


 COMMENT 540559P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:18 PM

Good grief. Well, to answer the original question, this type of weather isn't typical at all. We get sultry summers now and then, but they're the exception, not the rule.


 COMMENT 540616P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 09:24 AM

Sen Whitehouse schools climate deniers.




 COMMENT 540815P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 04:44 PM

I'm with 559. It's humid.
That LA/San Bernardino county's lightning storm was way out of the ordinary, and we're getting some of that Pacific moisture. Not to mention the injuries and the death. RIP.

"More than 1,400 lightning strikes jolted Southern California over the weekend during a rare summer thunderstorm. ... in southwestern San Bernardino County alone, there were 858 cloud-to-ground strikes between Friday and Monday.
Sunday's extremely rare weather event occurred when a strong high pressure system pulled an unusual mass of hot, moist air up from the Gulf of California to the coastal areas. LA Times


 COMMENT 540817P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 04:45 PM

and yes, I agree that summer starts in September here, sometimes August. It's going to be hot with daily intense fear of fires.


 COMMENT 540906P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 10:24 PM

More hot temperatures.


Note the comments:

How do the events of the last two years compare to what climate models were predicting for this early in the global warming progression?

robertscribbler / July 31, 2014
Not entirely. The temp climate models are pretty accurate once you account for PDO and other variables. Deep ocean warming is faster than expected. Arctic warming is a bit faster than expected. Atmospheric warming, overall, a limitless lower. Sea ice melt in the north is faster than expected. Sea ice growth in the south is mostly unexpected. Methane destabilization … Probably faster than expected but we don’t know enough to be sure.

Ocean stratification — faster than expected. Ice sheet destabilization — faster than expected.

Drought model predictions — about spot on. Fire model predictions — accurate. Jet stream changes — mostly unexpected.

Overall, it appears more heat is going into the Arctic, the oceans and the ice than expected and that, overall, the system is more dynamic than the base model summary. Model accuracy is key areas continue to make them useful tools for prediction but it’s fair to say that unexpected events outside the model description have arisen. It’s probably fair to say that such variance outside the base model tend may continue to arise, but that the model context, overall, has been an important, though not perfectly accurate predictor.

What’s funny was that the models were mostly right about drought progression. No-one really listened to the drought models because, well, they were among the worst future indicators. And now here we are.


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