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Heat Islands and SoCal Snow
Southern California. Just great if it isn’t burning, flooding, sliding, or shaking!
Back from four days in San Francisco, from the chilly weather of the Bay Area. It’s a land where people are exuberant about the limited sunshine they get. I love it.
Off the Southwest 737 in Burbank and blasted by an official read of hundred and five degrees. Welcome to the furnace. My car is baking in Lot B; its thermometer registers one hundred and nine. The urban heat island effect? Four degrees?
You pave paradise and put up a parking lot! I pay nine bucks a day and thank the overheated attendant. His old window boxer can’t keep up with the open window.
Just cleaned the panels after the smoke and ash of the Station Fire. It burned a few miles from here, leaving the entire region with soot and ash, including solar panels. Someone called the soot “Southern California snow.”
Yesterday, a brilliant and clear day. Our PV system maxed out at 2,067 watts and generated 13 kWh, well shy of its typical sunny-day maximum output of 2,500 watts and 17 - 18 kWh.
So bucket, sponge mop, hose, and ladder and so far the system is up to 2,282, more than a 10% efficiency increase and we’re not at peak yet. An hour later, at 1:41: peak wattage of 2,399, and another 5%. Later we’re back to full output.
Ted Flanigan presents the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors with the Palm Desert AB 811 Conference champion plaque
Pastor Jim graciously accepts the “solar flag” from Anaheim Public Utilities installed by EcoMotion and Millennium Electrical Services.