Heat Wave in the West Breaks Records

Electrical grid weaknesses are being exposed.

The American West is experiencing a record-breaking September heatwave as a prolonged period of high temperatures has occurred in at least half a dozen states this week. In some areas, the record highs have caused a strain on the electrical grid.

Tens of thousands of customers were without electricity in the San Francisco Bay area Monday night, as the heat continues to threaten the power grid. The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s power grid, issued an Energy Emergency Alert Monday evening, urging customers to conserve energy to lessen power outages.  

In Great Falls, Montana, a 102-degree record was set on September 3. And Reno, Nevada, had a high on Sunday of 104, and the temperature in Salt Lake City was 103. 

On Labor Day, Bullhead City, Arizona, experienced a high of 111 and was hit with a severe thunderstorm, whose powerful winds toppled many of the city’s power poles, leaving tens of thousands without power. 

The Pacific Northwest, where many buildings are not air-conditioned, also had record temperatures over the weekend. 

The National Weather Service projects temperatures will remain above average for the remainder of the week, but Hurricane Kay is expected to skirt the Pacific Coast of Baja California before heading out to sea, bringing with it the potential of rain for Southern Arizona and California at week’s end. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Graham of the National Weather Service as that agency seeks to prepare people for severe weather.
  • For NWS officials as they monitor and forecast weather events around the nation.
  • That the president and his energy advisors would seek God’s wisdom regarding the production of electricity in the country.
  • For the residents of the states that are experiencing power outages during the record temperatures.

Sources: Axios, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNN


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