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Modesto, Turlock districts keep producing power in heat wave but face record temps, demand

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The Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, which provide electricity to nearly all of the homes, businesses, schools and other consumers in Stanislaus County, continue to power through the prolonged heat wave.

Spokeswomen for both districts in Tuesday emails thanked their customers for conserving and urged them to keep at it, especially from 4 to 9 p.m. The two districts have about 230,000 customers.

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Record-breaking heat wave continues to bake Modesto as people seek ways to stay cool

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At least 67 people used cooling centers in Stanislaus County over the Labor Day holiday weekend heat wave, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.

That number is only for people who stayed at one of the eight county branch libraries that served as cooling centers and does not include people who used cooling centers at a few other locations, such as the Patterson City Hall lobby, Ceres Community Center and Oakdale’s Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center.

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Energy emergency alert level upgraded by Cal ISO | Tracking California power outages amid heat wave

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CALIFORNIA, USA — Update: 6:40 p.m.

The California agency managing the state's energy grid recently upgraded its energy emergency alert from level 1 to level 2.

"(Independent System Operator) requests emergency energy from all resources and activated emergency demand response program. Consumers urged to conserve energy," the description says.

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The weather forecast heats up again for Stanislaus County. What else is predicted?

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The Northern San Joaquin Valley can expect more hot weather for the final week of July.

The National Weather Service forecast has thrown into the mix a slight chance of thunderstorms late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The chance of showers and thunder activity is no higher than 20%.

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Why does California have so many microclimates?

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FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Microclimates can be found all over California. Microclimates are essentially small areas of weather unique to that region.

There are climate areas of California (such as the coast, the mountain coast, and the Sierra Nevada) – but inside is where you find the microclimates. There are numerous reasons for those pockets of weather, explains KSEE’s chief meteorologist A.J. Fox.

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California to see more spring snow, rain after dry winter

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More late-season snow and rain was predicted for California on Monday.

A dry start to the day was expected to give way to showers in the Central Valley and mountain snow by evening and continue into Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office said.

Four weeks into spring, winter weather advisories will be in effect Tuesday above 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) on the west slope of the northern Sierra Nevada and in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

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State water officials track groundwater by air

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — As the California drought continues, water officials are using flight technology to monitor groundwater information in basins across the state, including those in the Central Valley.

The California Department of Water Resources is conducting helicopter flyovers to track the state’s groundwater from the air.

Low-flying helicopters use equipment to send signals to the ground that bounce back up, kind of like taking an MRI of the Earth’s surface. 

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Freezing temps impact almond bloom

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Almond blossoms are a common sight in the Central Valley come February, but recent freezing temperatures could jeopardize this year’s bloom — and, subsequently, the upcoming almond crop. 

Freezing temperatures are of the most concern during the bloom period. During the bloom, and especially right after the petal fall, is the most vital period of time for the developing nut. Even just a short, 30-minute exposure to freezing temperatures can cause measurable damage to a crop. 

There were eight days in February where Turlock and surrounding towns experienced low temperatures of below 32 degrees, causing significant concerns for local farmers. Temperatures locally will drop to below freezing again this weekend.

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Funnel cloud spotted in Newman during rainstorm. How rare is the weather phenomenon?

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A woman recorded what appeared to be a funnel cloud in Newman on Monday afternoon, a National Weather Service meteorologist confirmed.

Edulia Guzman spotted the rotating column of air at about 1:40 p.m., and the video she sent to The Bee shows it spinning in the sky as rain falls onto her car windshield.

Funnel clouds like the one in the video are not uncommon during wet weather, said meteorologist Katrina Hand of the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines funnel clouds as rotating columns of air that do not touch the ground, unlike tornadoes.

“It’s actually not that rare for this area, especially when we’ve been in such an active pattern of unsettled weather,” Hand said.

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