California: Hurricane Brings Wind, Rain Amid Heatwave

Photo: NOAA [via The Washington Post]

The Facts

  • On Fri., a rare tropical storm, known as Hurricane Kay, started to bring strong winds in Southern California and is expected to cause multiple days of flooding in the Southwest. This comes as California is facing an extreme heatwave, with San Diego currently under an excessive heat warning.

  • Kay made landfall in Mexico with 70 mph winds on Thurs., and is the first hurricane to near land in the state since 1997. It's expected to dump two to four inches of rain across southern Calif. with isolated instances of up to 10 inches.

The Spin

Republican narrative

With Newsom avoiding using proven alternative energy sources, one can only wonder how much he cares about Californians. The man who shut down renewable energy nuclear plants - which caused this energy crisis in the first place - is now asking residents to endure the heat while he looks to be enjoying sweater weather air conditioning wherever he is.

Democratic narrative

Thanks to the rising temperatures from climate change, America's largest state now faces the oddest, most devastating weather forecast ever. If you couldn't tell the climate was changing before, the fact that Calif. is experiencing droughts, heatwaves, and hurricanes at the same time should open your eyes.

Nerd narrative

There's an 85% chance there will be at least 2˚C degrees of global warming by 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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