(NEXSTAR) – It’s not uncommon for many Californians to experience triple-digit heat during the summer months. And with the hottest place on earth – Death Valley – being in California, it might be hard to believe some places in the state haven’t ever reached 100 degrees.
It’s true – over half a dozen areas haven’t recorded a temperature above 99 degrees. In one, Eureka, a temperature above 90 hasn’t even been recorded, data from the National Weather Service site there shows.
Crescent City, Aspendell and Grant Grove reported maximum temperatures of 95 degrees while Fort Bragg has recorded a temperature of 91 degrees.
Big Bear Lake is closest to reaching 100°. According to the Weather Channel, it recorded a temperature of just 98° in June 1994. Weather records. Nearby are Manzanita Lake and the Blue Canyon Nyack Airport, which both have temperatures of 97 degrees.
These areas can be found in the northern part of California, as the interactive map shows.
For three of these sites – Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg – their proximity to the Pacific Ocean helps to keep them from reaching triple-digit heat.
“Each of these sites are coastal and moderated by the Pacific Ocean,” Brian Garcia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s San Francisco Bay office, explains to Nexstar. “The summer time brings low clouds and fog to the coast which help to keep the temperatures very moderated.”
According to Garcia, these areas will experience their highest temperatures in the fall. “when offshore winds move from land to sea, and slide down the mountains causing warming of the air and causing the temperature to spike.” Still, when these areas do experience hotter temperatures, it doesn’t last long.
“Hot air rises, so as the coastal areas warm up it causes lifting of the air and a ‘void’ to be filled, which is done by the air over the ocean which is cooler. So the cool ocean air rushes in and keeps the temperature from getting too hot,” Garcia says.
For four other sites – Aspendell, Blue Canyon’s airport, Grant Grove, and Manzanita Lake – elevation is the driving factor for cooler temperatures. Garcia basically says “they are too high up”To get to the 100 degree mark.
“When we get strong high pressure it warms the air mass from the ground up to a given height, which is dependent upon the strength of the high pressure and the latitude of the location,”He explains.
Most of California saw a warmer than usual June, according to the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office. States located primarily west-of the Mississippi River, which includes CaliforniaHave “at least a slight chance”Expect to experience excessive heat the following week.
Some parts of northern California, including Crescent City and Eureka as well as Fort Bragg could experience temperatures below average in July. The latest outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center shows. The state’s rest has a similar chance of experiencing temperatures that are either above or below average.