As June 2021 has just been announced as the hottest ever in the U.S. by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Tropical Storm Elsa was announced as the earliest 5th named storm in the Atlantic season ever, (typically the 5th named storm of a season usually arrives at about the end of August) the nation has been hit with a more than 30 billion-dollar disaster bill for 2021 in just over six-months.
This Atlantic hurricane season is already setting records. Last week, Tropical Storm Elsa, which formed on July 1, became the earliest-forming fifth named storm on record over the Atlantic Ocean. On average, the fifth named storm of the season doesn’t typically form until the end of August. The previous record was set last year when Tropical Storm Edouard formed on July 6, 2020.
Other states affected
High temperatures forecasted for Calif.
Meanwhile, forecasters warned that much of California will see dangerously hot weekend weather, with high temperature likely in the Central Valley, mountains, deserts and other inland areas because of strengthening high pressure over the state. Heat warnings did not include major coastal populations. Death Valley could reach a staggering 54 C, the National Weather Service said. California's power grid operator issued a statewide flex alert from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to avoid disruptions and rolling blackouts. Flex alerts call for consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity by reducing the use of appliances and keeping the thermostat higher during evening hours when solar energy is diminished or no longer available.