July 24, 2007
Weather forecasters blame the extreme weather on warmer surface sea temperatures, extensive cloud cover, and winds blowing from the southwest to west.
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.—Record temperatures and rain are basting the northern coast of California, a region known for brisk ocean breezes and chilly nights all year long.
In Crescent City, a coastal town just south of the Oregon border, the mercury dipped to 60 degrees early Monday morning—3 degrees higher than the previous overnight low-temperature record, which stood for 15 years. The overnight record is also known as the "maximum minimum."
Also last week in Del Norte County, the northernmost county along the California coast, a storm front dumped .36 inches of rain in a single day. That easily topped the previous daily record of .29, set in 1958.
In Eureka, about 270 miles north of San Francisco, temperatures in the low 70s broke records four days straight, from Friday to Monday. On Saturday, the temperature hit 74 degrees, shattering a 1901 record by 5 degrees and exceeding the daytime average high by 11 degrees, according to a National Weather Service climate report.