Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle.
Jerry says: "To illustrate the heat in the California fires: What you're looking at is trails of melted aluminum from the car's wheels. Aluminum melts at 1221°F."
The winds just weren’t that strong. PG&E will have to find another scapegoat:
On Tuesday, the Bay Area News Group reported that Sonoma County emergency dispatchers sent fire crews to at least 10 reports of downed power lines and exploding transformers as the North Bay fires were starting around 9:22 p.m.
In response, PG&E said that “hurricane strength winds in excess of 75 mph in some cases” had damaged their equipment, but they said it was too early to speculate about what started the fires.
However, wind speeds were only about half that level, as the lines started to come down, the weather station records show. At a weather station in north Santa Rosa where the Tubbs fire started, the peak wind gusts at 9:29 p.m. hit 30 mph. An hour later, they were 41 mph.