The Monster Weather Story About California’s Heat Wave

Heat wave reaches ‘the tail end’ in Southern California

A man watches for the heat wave approaching on Tuesday in Malibu, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

A man watches for the heat wave, which will be the tail end of California’s late-summer heat wave, on Tuesday in Malibu, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

There are many ways we can tell the story of this heat wave. The numbers are staggering: more than 2,500 hot days have occurred this year in California, up from 2,135 the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

There’s the number.

There’s the heat.

There’s the people.

The numbers don’t tell the entire story.

This heat has been a monster.

But it is not the only monster.

This heat is just the start of what seems like a never-ending nightmare in Southern California. The weather is forecast to get worse throughout the week.

This heat, though, is not the only monster. Here’s a story of a second, larger one.

This is just the beginning of a long and brutal summer weather pattern. It’s been that way since the beginning of August, and it’s only going to get worse as we enter the end of the heat wave.

This is not going to be a good, long summer. And, yes, we are already seeing the end of the heat wave.

This has been a good summer.

In the long run, we hope this heat wave is here to stay. It’s just one more monster weather story about heat. They tend to last longer — that’s the nature of the beast.

How much longer?

We can look back at a long heat wave in the 1970’s, which featured four days of 100 or more in the 95 to 103 degree range.

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